About

Today, one billion people live in slums and informal settlements. This population is set to increase by another 2 billion by 2050, with the largest proportion of slumdwellers residing in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Having been excluded from the urban fabric for decades, residents of slums and informal settlements, particularly women and children, bear a disproportionate burden of poverty. Marginalized from formal development processes, these communities lack of access to housing, water, sanitation, waste management and other basic services. Without security of tenure and the capacity, skills, financing and productive assets required to eke out a living, slumdwellers earn low incomes and lack employment opportunities. These factors have conspired to perpetuate the cycle of poverty as these poor urban households are compelled to resort to negative coping mechanisms and risky survival strategies, particularly during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Private Sector Partnership Forum

The three-day Private Sector Partnership Forum has been organized in recognition of the critical roles played by the private sector in innovating and piloting novel solutions to development challenges, and the public sector in scaling up successful innovations in the areas of affordable housing, water, sanitation, waste management, health, education, energy, financing and infrastructure solutions.

Event Highlights

Over

200

Participants

More than

80

Speakers

Presenting

18

Innovations

Programme



Wednesday, 24 June 2020 (East African Time)

SESSION 01: COUNTRY PERSPECTIVES: TAKING STOCK OF THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

TIME THEME PRESENTER
10:30 - 10:40

WELCOME:
Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Facilitator – Robert Lewis-Lettington, Chief of Section, Land, Housing and Shelter, UN-Habitat

10:40 - 10:45

TECHNICAL ORIENTATION:
WebEx Support

ASSIST Asia

10:45 - 11:15

OPENING REMARKS:
Addressing Inequalities through Innovation and Partnerships: Scaling Up Participatory Slum Upgrading

Victor Kisob, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat

H.E. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary General, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States

Paolo Ciccarelli, DG DEVCO C5 – Cities, Local Authorities, Digitalisation, Infrastructures, European Commission

Hon. Kwesi Boateng Adjei, Deputy Minister for Local Government & Rural Development (Ghana)

11:15 - 12:15

POLITICAL STATEMENTS:
Leveraging Partnerships for Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization, Leaving No One Behind


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Hon. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown (Sierra Leone)

Oumar Sow, General Director of Urbanism and Architecture (Senegal)

Hon. Charles Hinga, Principal Secretary, State Department for Housing & Urban Development (Kenya)

12:15 - 12:30

THE FORUM:
UN-Habitat’s Strategic Approach to Engaging Private Sector in the Decade of Action
Presentation of the Programme, Objectives and Layout of the Forum


Neil Khor, Officer in Charge, Office of the Executive Director, UN-Habitat

Kerstin Sommer, Programme Manager, Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

12:30 - 13:00

Leveraging the Market Potential in Informal Settlements
Findings from Market Studies in Kenya


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Dr. James Mutero, Urban Development & Housing Finance Expert

13:30 - 15:00

SCALING SOLUTIONS:
Embracing Innovation in Water, Sanitation and Waste Management

  • Government Priorities
  • Community Needs
  • Taking Stock of the Innovations
  • Recommendations and Way Forward

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Moderator - Andre Dzikus, Chief, Urban Basic Services Section, UN-Habitat

Panel Discussions
Johnstone Musau, Shining Hope for Communities
William Senyo, AMA Ga Mashie Development Agency, Ghana

Innovator Pitches (2-3 minutes)
David Auerbach, Co-Founder, Sanergy
Kate Bohnert, Business Development Manager, Sanivation
Keiran Smith, CEO, Mr. Green Africa
Nzuki Waita, Executive Director, Human Needs Project
Meltus Mugomi, Country Manager, CityTaps

15:00 - 15:15

Conclusion

Shipra Narang Suri, Chief, Urban Practices Branch, UN-Habitat

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Thursday, 25 June 2020 (East African Time)

SESSION 02: LEVERAGING INNOVATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

TIME THEME PRESENTER
10:30 - 10:45

WELCOME:
Welcome and Recap

Facilitator - Robert Lewis-Lettington, Chief of Section, Land, Housing and Shelter, UN-Habitat

10:45 - 11:45

The Challenge of Urbanization:
Country Perspectives
Voices from the Grassroots; Government Priorities; Donor Perspectives


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Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Mayor, City of Accra, Ghana

Hon. Achobong Tambeng Paul, Mayor, City of Bamenda, Cameroon

Hon. Samuel Gajere Akala, Executive Chairman, Karu Local Government, Nasarawa State, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Sheila Kamunyori, Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

Stefan Atchia, Manager, Urban Development Division, African Development Bank

Anaclaudia Rossbach, Regional Manager, Latin American & Caribbean Region, Cities Alliance

Rafael Tuts, Director, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat

11:45 - 12:45

Leveraging the Market Potential in Informal Settlements:Findings from Market Studies in Nigeria and Cameroon


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Prof. Johnson Bade Falade, former Programme Manager, UN-Habitat Nigeria

Sipliant Takougang, Advisor to the Government, Cameroon

Ruth Ndegwa, Director Corporate Services, Kenya Climate Innovation Center

Sally Gitonga, Director of Investments and Portfolio, The AECF

12:45 - 13:00

Business Acceleration & Innovator Incubation

Edward Mungai, CEO, Kenya Climate Innovation Center

13:00 - 13:15

Catalysing Financial Inclusion

Victoria Sabula, CEO, The AECF

13:15 - 14:15

FINANCING PARTNER ROUNDTABLE:
Opportunities for Financing Innovation


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Moderator - Christine Knudsen, Director, External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation, UN-Habitat

Panel Discussions
European Commission
Elaine A. Tinsley, World Bank
Felix Osok, Programme Manager, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Felix Osok, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Charles Masika, Danida
William Asiko, Rockefeller Foundation
Debra Erb, US International Development Finance Corporation
Stefan Atchia, Manager, Urban Development Division, African Development Bank
Philippe Camille Akoa, Director General, FEICOM

14:15 - 15:15

INNOVATION ROUNDTABLE:
Disruptive Technologies for Building Resilience

  • Country Digital Acceleration
  • Big Data for Social Good
  • Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive
  • Technologies
  • Internet of Things
  • Smart Solutions

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Moderator - Tania Lim, UN-Habitat

Presentations & Panel Discussion
Guy Diedrich, Vice President, Cisco
Ilana Cohen, Senior Market Engagement Director, M4D Utilities, GSMA
Timothy Oriedo, CEO, Predictive Analytics Lab
Emmanuel Kweyu, Deputy Director, @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University
Elena Fabris, Community Manager, Planet Smart City

15:15 - 16:45

SCALING SOLUTIONS:
Affordable Housing and Construction Solutions

  • Findings: Kenya Affordable Housing Survey
  • Government Priorities
  • Community Needs
  • Taking Stock of the Innovations
  • Recommendations and Way Forward

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Moderator - Seeta Shah, Housing Expert

Keynote Speaker - Hon Samuel Atta Akyea (MP), Minister for Works and Housing

Panel Discussions
Christophe Lalande, UN-Habitat
Victor Malu, Head, Future Financial Systems, FSD Kenya
Habitat for Humanity
Andrew Jones, Research & Policy Manager, Reall
Jane Weru, Executive Director, Akiba Mashinani Trust
Fatim Tall, General Secretary, Baraka Project Steering Committee, Senegal

Innovator Pitches
Andrew Fiati, Business Development Manager, BASF
Jeshika Ramchund, Lead Engineer – Developments, Bosch Project
Markus Silfverberg, Founder, Block Solutions
Winnie Gitau & Simon Dixon, Founder, Kwangu Kwako

16:45 - 17:00

Conclusion

Oumar Sylla, Regional Director, UN-Habitat

ALL-DAY VIRTUAL EXHIBITION BY INNOVATORS



Friday, 26 June 2020 (East African Time)

SESSION 03: DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS & TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

TIME THEME PRESENTER
10:30 - 10:45

WELCOME:
Welcome and Recap

Kerstin Sommer, Programme Manager, Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

10:45 - 11:45

Leveraging the Market Potential in Informal Settlements:
Findings from Market Studies in Senegal


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Ousmane Mbodji, Technical Director, FDV

11:45 - 01:15

SCALING SOLUTIONS:The Growing Role of EdTech & HealthTech in the COVID-19 Context

  • Government Priorities
  • Community Needs
  • Taking Stock of the Innovations
  • Recommendations and Way Forward

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Moderator - Dr. Graham Alabaster, Head of Geneva Office (OIC), UN-Habitat

Panel Discussions
Abdulkarim Mohamed, Portfolio Manager, Acumen East Africa
Wilfred Njagi, CEO, Villgro Africa
Government Representatives
Ariana Karamallis, Global Advocacy Consultant, SDI

Innovator Pitches
Wambura Kimunyu, CEO, Eneza Education
Boris Bulayev, CEO, Learning Point
John Magambo, Board Chair, Afya Poa
Chris Onyancha, CEO, ClinicPesa
Emilian Popa, CEO, Ilara Health
Pratap Kumar, CEO, Health E-Net

13:15 - 14:15

SCALING SOLUTIONS:
Scaling Up Inclusive Financial and Clean Energy Innovations

  • Government Priorities
  • Community Needs
  • Taking Stock of the Innovations
  • Recommendations and Way Forward

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Moderator - Vincent Kitio, Chief, Urban Energy Unit, UN-Habitat

Presentations & Panel Discussions
Mwangi Githaiga, Managing Director, KWFT
Murefu Barasa, Managing Partner, EED Advisory
Linda Onyango, CEO, SME Solution Centre
Mercy Leta, Programme Manager, Energy 4 Impact
Government Representatives
Farouk Braimah, Executive Director, People's Dialogue on Human Settlements, Ghana

Innovator Pitches
Snehar Shah, General Manager East Africa, Azuri Technology
Tim Bauer, President & COO, Envirofit
Beatrice Despioch, Co-founder, Eco-Charcoal

14:15 - 15:15

INVESTOR ROUNDTABLE:
Investing in Transformational Development Ventures

  • Doing Business in the New Normal: Challenges and Opportunities in the COVID-19 Context
  • Impact Investment in a Global Financial Crisis: A Trend Analysis
  • Raising Investment Capital for Complex Markets (Informal Settlements)
  • Strategies for Reducing Barriers to Investment: Advice for Developing Country Governments
  • Gender-Smart Investing: Leaving No One Behind
  • Transformational Incubation and Business Acceleration: Opportunities for Growth

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Moderator - Dyfed Aubrey, Inter-Regional Advisor, UN-Habitat

Presentations & Panel Discussions
Amina Kandil, Partner, McKinsey
Wadzi Katsidzira, Senior Manager, Global Development Incubator
Victor Ndiege, CEO, Kenya Climate Ventures
Kenya Climate Ventures
Adedana Ashebir, Regional Manager – Africa, Village Capital
Neil Wood, Associate Partner, Open Capital Advisors
Wilfred Njagi, CEO, Villgro Africa
Debra Erb, US International Development Finance Corporation
Abel Boreto, Investment Associate, Novastar Ventures

15:15 - 16:15

THE WAY FORWARD:
Commitments and Pipeline Projects

  • Soft Launch of the Challenge Fund
  • Partnership Opportunities

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Moderator - Robert Lewis-Lettington, Chief of Section, Land, Housing and Shelter, UN-Habitat
Victoria Sabula, CEO, AECF
Ruth Ndegwa, Director Corporate Services, Kenya Climate Innovation Center
Ms. Aya Kasasa, Policy and Development Section, Senior Specialist on Culture, Migration, Urbanisation, Demography, of the Secretariat of the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries
European Commission
Impact Valley
Financing Partners
Governments
Ian Shapiro, CEO, Reall
Graziella Roccella, Planet Smart City
Kerstin Sommer, Programme Manager, PSUP

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