RISE Africa 2020

RISE Africa is ICLEI Africa’s new annual event that aims to inspire and foster new connections that lead to swift and impactful actions for enhanced sustainability and resilience in Africa’s urban areas.   The first RISE Africa event will be held at the Century City Conference Centre,  Cape Town CBD.

RISE Africa is Exposure to forward-thinking ideas from different disciplines through a range of curated interactions will provide an antidote to outdated “silo” thinking that is well recognised to inhibit innovation. Instead of being another ‘talk shop’ amongst like-minded individuals, RISE Africa will bring a diversity of city role players together in innovative sessions to identify new opportunities for collaborative action.

RISE Africa aims to break down the barriers between different groups by encouraging interactions between diverse role players who, together, can translate ideas into action on the ground. Unlike many academic conferences, participants will not be separated by expertise or interest. Unlike many government engagements, participants will not be separated by hierarchy. Instead, a ‘level playing field’ will be provided to facilitate engagement and cross-disciplinary learning to spark innovative actions for sustainable cities.

The following themes will be covered, with a focus on African cities:

  • Access to basic services
  • Buildings and planning
  • ICT, data and artificial intelligence
  • Circular development
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Resilient societies

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