36th AGM & Symposium
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Background of the 36th AGM
On 21st October 2016, African Governments signed up for the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador, a non-binding agenda for making cities safe, sustainable and resilient. The New Urban Agenda sets global standards for sustainable urban development during a period in which the world is experiencing the most rapid urbanization in history. Urbanization will therefore be a major trend shaping societies and economies across the world for the decades to come, especially in Africa.

By 2050 the world urban population is expected to nearly double, making urbanization one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends. As the population, economic activities, social and cultural interactions, as well as environmental and humanitarian impacts, are increasingly concentrated in cities, this poses massive sustainability challenges in terms of housing, infrastructure, basic services, food security, health, education, decent jobs, safety, and natural resources, among others. For example, the world population living in urban slums is now almost One Billion people, and it is estimated that over 65% of Africans are living in slums in countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia and others. This is not sustainable and African governments needs to leverage on the opportunities in the New Urban Agenda and view urbanization as a transformative force that can be harnessed to enhance economic growth, productivity and development in general.

The New Urban Agenda identified housing as a central theme and key deliverable and calls housing as one of the interlinked essentials to “leave no one behind.” The key question to answer for African countries is “How is housing central to the delivery of the New Urban Agenda in the African context”. Housing is at the center of the New Urban Agenda and seeks to re-establish the important role to be played by the housing sector in achieving sustainable urbanization. In Africa, very diverse housing markets make it difficult to propose one single approach to housing policies and markets. Home ownership to the lower and middle end of the segment is not an option due to higher costs. Further, housing stock is grossly deficient in both quality and quantity and social housing programmes are inadequate. Other reasons include, lack of land, lack of adequate funding, lack of proper governance, and lack of infrastructure services. These facts, have been contributing to the under development of this sector across housing markets in Africa.

More than any other continent, Africa is facing an extremely rapid urbanization. This is a challenge that Shelter Afrique and other Regional Institutions will tackle with African Governments and their agencies in delivering the New Urban Agenda. As Africa’s primary regional housing institution, Shelter Afrique is committed to the New Urban Agenda through (a) provision of advisory services to Member States and designated agencies to ensure delivery of their urban, regional and national developments; (b) strengthening planning capabilities of relevant agencies (c) direct financing, catalyzing resources for specific programmes and (d) sourcing innovative funding for Member States to address the urbanization challenges.

Symposium Objectives
The Symposium will have the following key objectives:

  • a)Shareholders to discuss in the plenary session how Shelter Afrique can be repositioned to act as the key inter-regional vehicle in the New Urban Agenda. For Shelter Afrique to serve as a focal point for knowledge, best practices, implementation of key projects and facilitating resources particularly financing of affordable projects;
  • b) For Shelter Afrique to explore in a workshop session the required capital to effectively play the role in (a) above and how this capital can be mobilized for delivery of affordable housing projects;
  • c) For Shareholders to explore appropriate governance structures required to ensure that Shelter Afrique can sustainably fulfill its mandate.

Organization
Half-day Symposium Event that will comprise of the following:
A plenary session with a one Keynote Address and two breakout sessions.
Plenary Session: The plenary session will have a panel of four people (Keynote Address Speaker, At least three Ministers of Housing from various countries (TBA), and a Moderator.

The Keynote Speaker is expected to deliver a presentation covering the following:
Speaker- 45-minute presentation

  • Key highlights of the New Urban Agenda.
  • Africa stake in the New Urban Agenda.
  • Shelter Afrique role in delivering affordable housing as per the New Urban Agenda.

Breakout Session (1): Financing Shelter Afrique;
Three PANELISTS: TBA
FACILITATOR/ RAPPORTEUR: TBA
The session is expected to explore the following:

  • How can shareholders be encouraged to finance the institution better.
  • How often should shareholders make contributions towards the institution. What is the appropriate level of shareholder’s contributions?
  • The current capital contribution required is USD 1 Billion and capital contributed to date is USD 98 million. Is this sufficient? How can we bridge the gap or shortfall?

Breakout Session (2) – Reinventing Shelter Afrique;
PANELISTS: TBA
FACILITATOR/ RAPPORTEUR: TBA
The session is expected to explore the following:

  • What kind of Institution should Shelter Afrique become? Centralized or decentralized institution?
  • Appropriate governance structures.
  • Should Shelter Afrique be a housing financier, provider or facilitator?
Official Opening Ceremony
10.45 – 11.00 Arrival of Guest of Honor
11.00 – 11.10 Opening Ceremony begins with National Anthem
11.10 – 11.20 Introductory Remarks by Shelter Afrique Board Chairman
11.20 – 11.25 Opening Remarks by Outgoing AGM Chairman
11.25 – 11.30 Opening Remarks by Incoming AGM Chairman, Minister of Local Government, Public Works & National Housing, Zimbabwe
11.30- 11.50 Address by Guest of Honor
11.50- 11.55 Gift Presentation to Guest of Honor by Shelter Afrique
11.55 – 12.15 COFFEE BREAK (Guest of Honor Departs)
12.15 – 12.40 Plenary Session: The New Urban Agenda, Housing, & Shelter Afrique – “Role of Governments, Shelter Afrique in the New Urban Agenda”
Speaker: TBA
Moderator: TBA
12.40-13.00 Questions and Discussions
13.00-14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 15.00 Breakout Session 1: “Financing Shelter Afrique”
Panelists (TBA)
Facilitator/Rapporteur (TBA)

Breakout Session 2: “Reinventing Shelter Afrique”
Panelists (TBA)
Facilitator/Rapporteur (TBA)
Participants will be divided into 2 groups of about 25-30 participants each.

15:00-15:20 Report from Breakout Sessions 1
15:20-15:40 Report from Breakout Sessions 2
15:40-16:00 Breakout Sessions
Questions and Discussions
“Victoria Falls Declaration”
16.00 – 16.20 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
16.20 – 16.25 Summary of Proceedings: Maureen Katuvesirauina, Shelter Afrique
16.25 – 16.30 National Organizing Committee Representative: Closing Remarks/Vote of Thanks
18.00 – 20.30 COCKTAIL ORGANISED BY SHELTER AFRIQUE AT THE KINGDOM HOTEL
Speaker
The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Hon. Saviour Kasukuwere (MP), has the honour to inform the delegates that the 36th Shelter Afrique Annual General Meeting will be held in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, at the Kingdom Hotel, No. 1. Mallet Drive, from Tuesday 27th of June 2017 to the 1st of July 2017.

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MEDIA
MAJOR GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE AND CONTACT NUMBERS
EMERGENCY SERVICES
ELECTRICITY CURRENT
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATION

Registration is closed

  • Monday 3rd July: Board Committees
  • Tuesday 4th July: Board Meeting
  • Wednesday 5th July: Official opening ceremony and Symposium
  • Thursday 6th July: AGM
  • Friday 7th July: Excursions

Zimbabwe is looking forward to welcoming delegates from all our wonderful member countries, however, to avoid any delays, please visit the online immigration website for Zimbabwe https://www.evisa.gov.zw/#/VisaRegime to see which category your country falls into. All Category C countries must apply for visas online before entry; we note that most countries in West and Central Africa fall into this category.

We have an arrangement with the immigration of service of Zimbabwe to fast-track all applications, however once you have applied please send your reference number to agm@shelterafrique.org with your name so we can track your application.

Should you encounter any problems, please send a copy of your passport bio-data page and an electronic passport photograph to agm@shelterafrique.org and we can aid in the application.