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The Mayors' Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity

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The Mayors’ Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity is a platform of African and European mayors working together to deliver innovative and practical solutions for human mobility in and between their cities.

The Mayors’ Dialogue aspires to a new and equal model of cooperation between Africa and Europe, focusing on the needs of all urban residents and their contribution to economies and societies.

Initiated in 2020 , the Dialogue is a city led initiative aiming to create opportunities and improve the lives of all urban residents, including migrants, helping to redress the power imbalances that persist between the two continents.

Participating cities currently include Milan, Freetown, Accra, Agadez, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bristol, Dakar, Durban, Entebbe, Helsinki, Kampala, Kanifing, Kigali, Lisbon, Mannheim, Maputo, Monrovia, Paris, Tunis and Zürich.

Mission statement: the Mayors' Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity

Learn about our political and policy goals, how cities work together within the Dialogue and why cities are uniquely positioned to reinvigorate the Africa–Europe partnership.

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Growth and solidarity: cities reimagining human mobility in Africa and Europe

The Mayors of Milan and Freetown take part in a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science alongside the Director of ODI Europe.

Data visualisation: the Mayors' Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity

Explore the cities participating in the Mayors' Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity in our data visualisation. 

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Cities in Africa and Europe must lead in the recovery. Here's why

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (Mayor of Freetown) and Giuseppe Sala (Mayor of Milan) reflect on the Mayors' Dialogue, as part of the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda.

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Watch the Mayors of Freetown and Milan in conversation

Mayors Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr and Giuseppe Sala discuss their shared vision for city-led collaboration.

Growth and solidarity: mayors and cities reimagining migration in Africa and Europe

Director of ODI Europe, Marta Foresti, explains the Mayors' Dialogue and how it aims to foster better city-led collaboration.

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In the media

ECPDM Great Insights article — Mayors on migration: ‘Change the narrative by changing realities on the ground’

Freetown’s Mayor, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, and the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, who co-lead the Mayors' Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity, discuss human mobility and the future of cities with ECDPM’s Amanda Bisong.

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Rai News: Mayors address the challenges faced by cities at meeting in London

News coverage of a public event in London on the Mayors' Dialogue by Italian news agency Rai News, detailing the key ideas and concepts behind the initiative.

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