African Centre for Cities together with Pinsent Masons developed a thought leadership programme related to urban development in African cities.Read More
As much of Africa’s urban infrastructure has yet to be developed, there is substantial scope to shape the future. Ensuring that the new urban development, and retrofitting of existing infrastructure, builds sustainable and socially just cities is vital for the future of the continent.
In 2018 Pinsent Masons, an international law firm which specialises in the energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors, approached the ACC as a knowledge partner to collaborate on developing a thought leadership programme related to urban development in African cities.
The programme was structured around five key themes and each theme was explored at a roundtable session which brought together an ACC expert researcher with Pinsent Masons’ clients including financial institutions, developers, contractors, planners, professional advisory consultants and researchers involved in African infrastructure projects.
At the conclusion of each theme, an interim report was published, with the intention of creating a final consolidated report at the end of the programme.
THEME 2: Building new cities
The objective of the programme was to build a shared understanding of the emergent trends in African urban development; to discuss the implications of these trends for urban infrastructure investment and to develop new thinking based on the experience and perspectives of private sector participants and academics with the aim of sharing ideas and co-developing solutions for addressing the imperative of Africa’s urban infrastructure challenge.
Liza Rose Cirolia, Anton Cartwright June 22, 2020
Over the past two years ACC and international law firm, Pinsent Masons have collaborated on developing an African Cities Thought Leadership Programme. (more…)