About the Project
African cities face three key challenges: ecological degradation, poverty and pollution. To systematically tackles these challenges, a consortium of eight multidisciplinary experts conceptualized the “Building Urban Community Networks for Sustainable cities in Africa” (UComNetSus) project. The project aims to develop novel networks and communities of practice that address the inter-linkages, synergies, and trade-offs among social, economic and ecological needs of city residents. Lagos, Kigali, Kumasi, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Mombasa are the cities selected for the implementation of UComNetSus. The project will answer the following questions: (1) To what extent can networks of urban stakeholders bring about cross-learning and adoption of best practices? (2) What are the social, economic and ecological challenges and interdependencies for sustainability of African cities? (3) How can we build interdependencies and synergies among stakeholder networks for addressing reported challenges? (4) Which social, economic and ecological assets do African cities have and how are they distributed in space and time in these cities? (5) Which guidelines can be put in place to foster sustainability of African cities?
The Future Earth Africa Hub, supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) is pleased to host Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2023 (SRI2023) Africa satellite event from 20 to 22 June 2023.