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The Africa-Europe Mayors' Dialogue

The Africa-Europe Mayors’ Dialogue is a platform of African and European mayors working together to deliver innovative and practical solutions for inclusive growth and sustainable urban development in and between their cities.

Initiated in 2020 by the mayors of Freetown and Milan, today participating cities include Abidjan, Accra, Agadez, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Bristol, Dakar, Durban, Entebbe, Grenoble, Helsinki, Kampala, Kanifing, Kigali, Lisbon, Mannheim, Maputo, Montpellier, Monrovia, Paris, Tunis and Zürich.

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Illustration of Freetown City Council’s solid waste management workforce and programme
This case study looks at the approaches and innovations of private sector waste management companies, including in relation to their access to finance. The focus is on Freetown Waste Transformers (FWT), chosen for its pioneering role as a waste-to-energy company in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and its successful experiences leveraging both public and private investment.

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Al Jazeera Balkans - Marta Foresti on city to city creative collaborations

The Mayors' Dialogue founder discusses the aspirations of creatives in cities worldwide and why moving, visiting and sharing is so central to creative practices.'

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Show Studio - Julian Knxx discusses On Freedom of Movement (wi de muv)

The award-winning artist on how ODI's research led to a film commission that's being selected for film festivals worldwide.

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  1. Freetown Waste Transformers: A study of private sector innovation in the waste management sector in Africa

    Case/country studies

  2. Case studies of subnational financial intermediaries in Africa

    Case/country studies

  3. Bridging Africa’s urban infrastructure gap: Financial intermediaries for facilitating cities’ access to debt finance in Africa

    Working papers

  4. Contextualising the Gambia’s air pollution challenges

    Expert Comment

  5. Modelling urban expansion in Africa: an introduction of TI-City

    Expert Comment

  6. Cities and Voices

    Event

  7. Green urban innovations: cities take on the climate crisis

    Expert Comment

  8. Waste management in Africa: a review of cities’ experiences

    Working papers

  9. Sierra Leone fabrics and fashion: prospects and challenges for the sector

    Case/country studies

  10. Creating our collective future: what the arts and design can do for development

    Expert Comment

  11. Capital markets for cities

    Working papers

  12. Investing in cities: how can the Commonwealth act to leverage private finance?

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Our collective future

    Event

  14. The power of city-to-city problem-solving: lessons from Africa and Europe

    Expert Comment

  15. Cities: new narratives for a stronger Africa-Europe partnership

    Event

  16. The Mayors' Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity: city profiles

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. The Mayors' Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity: framing paper

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. A Mayors' Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity: overview of cities’ priorities and emerging partnerships

    Working papers