To tackle the fast urbanization taking place in Africa, many countries are constructing so-called 'New Towns': large cities constructed from scratch, to accommodate the growing amount of citizens in an urban area.
December 2016 saw the official opening ceremony of the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA), an institute that aims to become a "genuine strategic lever and a UCLG-Africa spearhead for the professionalisation and the performance of human capital within the African territories". Key activities include monitoring of HR management at the local level, trainings and support to networks at the local level.
Following the signing of the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) between United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and the European Commission (EC) earlier this year, UCLG Africa is now conducting a series of Regional Seminars across the African continent.
UCLGA has been awarded a direct programme grant from the EU, to be used to improve the capacity of the organisation to respond to the challenges faced by local government throughout Africa and to directly establish programmes which can extend the capacity of local governments on both the elected and managerial sides.
The terms of the EU grant prescribe a tender procedure. UCLGA wishes to engage with a partner from within local and regional government which has a proven capacity to assist with a range of activities.