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relive the conferences organized by “Le Monde Afrique”

In Rabat, focus on access for all to essential services

Within a generation, Africa will have doubled its population and will be home to 2.5 billion people. The cities will of course be transformed, since they will absorb 70% of the continent’s demographic growth. Faced with this observation, the authorities will have to develop the necessary infrastructures: give everyone access to drinking water, sanitation, electricity, waste management… So many major challenges mentioned by our panel of invited on November 4, 2021.

A program dedicated to the circular economy in Africa

Extracting, producing, consuming and throwing away is our daily life. But imagine that what we produce can be effectively reused to produce again. This alternative model is developing and is called the “circular economy”. In opposition to the “linear” economy.

What place for this economy on the African continent? How to set it up and convince the populations? This special program tries to answer these questions thanks to two specialists on set, Jocelyne Landry Tsonang and Edouard Yao, representatives of the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN) for Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon. In the report, two concrete examples of circular economy in Namibia and South Africa as well as testimonials from entrepreneurs who have implemented it.

This program was produced by Eyeshot, in partnership with the Veolia Institute.

In Paris, the question of a sustainable African city

If African urbanization is a source of great opportunities, it is also and above all a source of challenges for municipalities. And in particular small and medium-sized towns, which are already home to 70% of the continent’s urban dwellers, a territory meshed by nearly 7,000 agglomerations of less than 100,000 inhabitants. Their discretion in the shadow of the eleven megalopolises of more than 5 million souls does not make us forget that they are the future of African urbanization.

So how to set up a controlled town planning within medium-sized cities capable of responding to the imperatives of daily life? How can we avoid creating within them pockets of poverty, insalubrity and health and environmental vulnerability?

All these social, economic, environmental and political issues were at the heart of the discussions during this conference which closed in Paris on December 9, 2021 the cycle of debates on African urbanization.

This conference cycle was carried out in partnership with the Veolia Institute.

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