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We are pleased to announce that the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP), the European Commission (EC) and UN-Habitat are meeting again in their 4th Tripartite OACPS/EC/UN-Habitat Conference to discuss results, progress and impacts on the commitments agreed in the last OACPS/EC/UN-Habitat Declaration in Brussels in 2018. Together, we will take stock of progress made in transforming living conditions in informal settlements and slums in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and around the world.

Session Background Papers


H.E. Mr. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti
Secretary-General, OACPS

H.E. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti took up his position as Secretary-General (SG) of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) on the 2 March 2020.

Marjeta JAGER
Deputy Director General, DG INTPA

Marjeta Jager is currently Deputy Director-General for the Directorate General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA)

Maimunah Mohd Sharif
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat

Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif (Malaysia) is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), appointed at the level of Under-Secretary- General by the Secretary-General, following an election by the General Assembly on 22 December 2017.

Ms. Leilani Farha
Global Director, THE SHIFT Former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

Ms. Leilani Farha is a Canadian lawyer who is the Global Director of THE SHIFT, a housing initiative.

Hon. Abdoulaye Saydou Sow
Minister of Urbanism, Housing and Public Hygiene Republic of Senegal

A teacher by training, Abdoulaye Saydou Sow was admitted to ENA in cycle B (administration secretary), then in cycle A.

Hon. Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE
Mayor of Freetown, Republic of Sierra Leone

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE was sworn-in as Mayor of Freetown in May 2018 with a commitment to transform Freetown using an inclusive, data-driven approach to address challenges in the city.

His Worship, Councillor Leeroy Williams OD, JP. B.A.
Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation

A past student of Rusea’s High School, Mico Teachers’ College and Northern Caribbean University he was conferred in 2019 with the National Honour of the Order of Distinction (OD) Officer class in the field of education and community development.

Woniala Daniel
Member of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda-Mbale City

Woniala Daniel is a member of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda-Mbale City

Hon. Prof. Peter Hon. Rufino d’Almeida
Mayor, Municipality of Bohicon, Republic of Benin

Rufino d'Almeida, elected at the head of the communal executive of his hometown, the municipality of Bohicon since June 2020, has made the issue of sanitation, urban planning and inclusion of all actors of the local development some of his main priorities.

Hon. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o
Governor, Kisumu County Government, Republic of Kenya

Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o is the Governor of Kisumu County Government in the Republic of Kenya.

Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye
Minister, Housing and Public Works, Republic of Ghana
Hon. Daniel Botwe
(MP), Minister

Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Republic of Ghana

Hon. Dr. William Duguid
J.P., M.P., Minister of Housing, Lands and Maintenance, Government of Barbados
Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun
Minister responsible for External Affairs, Affordable Housing and Informal Settlements, Government of St. Lucia
Hon. Jaime Royo-Olid
Senior Officer, EC Urban Development, Sustainable Transport and Digitalisation, European Union Delegation to Kenya

Jaime Royo-Olid is the European Commission Urban Development, Sustainable Transport and Digitalisation Senior Officer working at the European Union Delegation to Kenya where he is setting up a major New Urban Agenda implementation programme with the European Investment Bank (EIB), UN-Habitat, UNOPS, FAO and UNODC.

Issaka David Musonera
Urban Planner, Department of Urban Planning & Construction OSC, City of Kigali, Rwanda

David is an Urban planning professional and an active practitioner in a field of built environment for about 7 Years.

Issaka Avinash Mishra
Investment Director, Global Innovation Fund

Avinash Mishra is an Investment Director at GIF with nearly a decade of experience spanning impact investing, social entrepreneurship, international banking and technology.

Issaka Kevin Nelson
Urban Governance Lead, Governance and Financing Self Reliance Team, Bureau of Development, Democracy and Innovation, USAID

Kevin Nelson is the Urban Governance Lead for the Governance and Financing Self Reliance Team within the Bureau of Development, Democracy and Innovation at USAID.

Issaka Garba Abdou
Head of Division (Ag) Governance and Human Rights, Department of Political Affairs, Peace and security (PAPSD), African Union Commission
Claudio Acioly Jr.
Housing and Urban Development Specialist Team Leader of the PSUP III Midterm Evaluation

Claudio Acioly Jr is an architect and urban planner, a development practitioner with over 40 years of experience in more than 30 countries.

Renan Filho
Governor, State of Alagoas, Brazil

José Renan Vasconcelos Calheiros Filho (“Renan Filho”) is the current Governor of the State of Alagoas.

Mr. Mbulelo Tshangana
Director-General, Department of Human Settlements, Government of South Africa
Charles Hinga
Permanent Secretary,

State Department of Housing and Urban Development, Republic of Kenya

Houda Benrhanem
Director of Housing, Ministry of National Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy, Government of Morocco

Houda Benrhanem, graduated from the National School of Architecture in Rabat (Kingdom of Morocco) in 1995, currently occupying the position of Director of Housing at the Ministry of National Land Management, Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy since October 2019.

Ian Shapiro

Ian Shapiro is the Chief Executive of Reall, a UK-based social enterprise spearheading the delivery and unlocking of affordable housing for people on low incomes in Africa and Asia.

Paulius Kulikauskas
Chief, UN-Habitat’s Office for EU

Before taking the position of the Chief of UN-Habitat’s Office for EU in 2016, Paulius Kulikauskas was an Inter-Regional Adviser of the UN Regular programme for Technical Cooperation at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.

Christopher Ebreo

Christopher Ebreo, or simply ‘Chris’ is an architect by profession.

Keiran Smith
Co-Founder & CEO, Mr. Green Africa

Keiran is a serial entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience in business building.

Lars Gronvald
Head, Cities Section, DG INTPA, EC

Lars Gronvald, European Commission, is heading the Cities Section in the Directorate General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA).

Anacláudia Rossbach
Regional Manager for the Latin America and Caribbean, Cities Alliance

Anacláudia Rossbach from São Paulo, Brazil holds a master’s degree in political economics and has been working for 20 years in the housing and urban fields, as practitioner and researcher for international organizations, local and national governments, universities, and non-profit organizations

David Dodman
Director of the Human Settlements Group, IIED

David Dodman is the Director of the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and a Lecturer in the Development Planning Unit, University College London (UCL)

Dr. Dana R. Thomson
Visiting Researcher, University of Twente

The emphasis of Dr. Thomson’s research is identification of "slum" residents and other populations who are under-represented in population data, and development of tools and methods to improve population data accuracy

Dr. Gautam Bhan
Senior Lead, Academics and Research, Indian Institute for Human Settlement, Bangalore

Dr. Gautam Bhan is Senior Lead, Academics and Research, at the Indian Institute for Human Settlement, Bangalore, where he researches and teaches on housing, urban poverty and inequality, and planning theory

Dr. Renu Khosla
Director, CURE

Dr. Renu Khosla is Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE). Her work is aimed at unthinking and reimagining slum and inclusive urban development, nudging community-led initiatives that also build resilience.

Enrico Morriello
Urban and Regional Planner, Regional Managing Director of Skat Consulting

Enrico Morriello is an Urban and Regional Planner with more than 18 years of experience focused on research and advisory on Urban development in Europe, South America, and Africa

Raf Tuts
Director of the Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat

Raf Tuts is Director of the Global Solutions Division of UN-Habitat, based at its Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

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

Robert Lewis-Lettington is Chief of the Land, Housing and Shelter Section at UN-Habitat

Sameh Wahba
Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice

Sameh Wahba, an Egyptian national, is the Global Director for the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, based in Washington, D.C.

Prabha Khosla
Urban Planner

Prabha Khosla is an urban planner; however, her work has focused primarily on democratizing local governance.

Prof. Marie Huchzermeyer
Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University, Johannesburg

Marie Huchzermeyer is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University in Johannesburg, where she convenes the Masters in Urban Studies.

Mercy Betty Dube
Director, Department of Urban Development, Ministry of Lands, Malawi

Mercy Betty Dube is a Chartered Urban Planner registered with the Malawi Institute of Physical Planners.

Thomas George
Global Lead, Urban Programmes, UNICEF

Thomas George is UNICEF’s Global lead for urban. He has over 33 years of experience in international development, with 28 years in the United Nations in different countries. He started his career with the Indian Civil Services and is a national of India.

Evandro Holz
International Technical Advisor, UN-Habitat

Evandro is an Urban Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in more than 30 countries.

Idan Sasson
Project Coordinator, Climate Policy Initiative

Idan Sasson is a Project Coordinator at Climate Policy Initiative and manages the implementation of the Leadership for Urban Climate Investment (LUCI), an impact framework of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance which seeks to strengthen the capacity of 2000 cities in project preparation, creating 1000 bankable climate-smart urban projects by 2025.

Ana Cubillo
Architect and Urban Planner, Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), UN-Habitat

Spanish architect and urban planner working on slum upgrading in Africa since 2013 and engaged in the PSUP since September 2017.

Dr. Anna Muller
Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG), Shack/Slum Dwellers International MC

Dr Anna Muller is an architect working with the Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG) since 1993.

Ms. Catherine Gathura
Project Coordinator, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)

Ms. Catherine Gathura is the project coordinator at Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), Kenya.

Emmanuel Laurinda Godjo
Chargé de mission of the Mayor of Bohicon municipality Head of the decentralized international cooperation department Benin

Ms. Emmanuelle Laurinda Godjo is an urban planner who has worked as Program Officier urban planning at Justice Empowerment Initiative (JEI) which empowers poor and marginalized individuals especially slums dwellers in Nigeria and Benin to lead the changes that they would like to see in their own communities by bringing technical expertise in advocacy, urban planning, and creative media.

Fatima Alves Santos
Coordinator, MORABI

She is the Coordinator of MORABI in the Northern Region of Cape Verde.

Mr. Gbenga Komolafe
General Secretary, FIWON, Nigeria

Gbenga Komolafe is the current General Secretary of the Federation of Informal Workers' Organizations of Nigeria – FIWON.

Dr. Joan Dove
Local Economic Development Officer, St. James Municipal Corporation

Dr. Joan Dove is the Local Economic Development Officer at the St. James Municipal Corporation with direct responsibility for their Economic Grants programme which targets the citizens at the lowest end of the economic scale.

Robson Mazambani
Member, SDFN, Haikus Saving Group in Gobabis Municipality Facilitator, CLIP

Robson Mazambani is a member of the Shack Dweller Federation of Namibia, Haikus Saving Group in Gobabis.

Aparna Das
Senior Advisor, Sustainable Urban Development - Smart Cities, GIZ India

Aparna Das is an urban planning professional working as a Senior Advisor with GIZ, India, for the last ten years.

Rebecca Rouse
Director, Financial Inclusion Program, Innovations for Poverty Action

Rebecca Rouse leads IPA's Financial Inclusion Program, overseeing a global portfolio of research initiatives and randomized evaluations to find effective solutions to help the poor manage and grow their money.

Anna Sobczak
Programme Manager, Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), UN-Habitat

Architect and strategic urban planner specialized in low-cost housing, settlement planning, resettlement, post-conflict reconstruction and in institution and capacity building for urban management.

Emrah Engindeniz
Urban and Regional Planner Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), UN-Habitat

Emrah Engindeniz is an urban and regional planner and has over 14 years’ experience in programme management, urban development, local governance and decentralization, capacity building and policy development.

George Gachie
Community Engagement Expert Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), UN-Habitat

George is a programme management assistant and one of the long serving PSUP team members, he has contributed to the success of the programme having pioneered piloting of the Community Managed Funds and Community Centres in Mtwapa Kenya which have been replicated in other PSUP communities.

Joshua Maviti
Environmental and Spatial Analysis Specialist Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), UN-Habitat

A Kenyan environmental and spatial analysis specialist currently serving as Africa Regional Programme Advisor for Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), UN-Habitat since 2013.

Kerstin Sommer
Project Manager of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, Human Settlement Officer in the Land, Housing and Shelter Section, UN-Habitat

Kerstin Sommer is lead expert on slum upgrading, informal settlements, land, housing and shelter management, poverty reduction, inclusion and participation of UN-Habitat headquarters.

Leila Khaldi
Architect and Doctor in Urban Planning Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), UN-Habitat

Tunisian Architect and Doctor in Urban Planning engaged in PSUP since November 2019. Focal point for French and English-speaking countries in Western and Southern Africa.

Charity Mumbi
Urban and Regional Planner, Slums Dwellers International Kenya

My professional background is in Urban and Regional planning. Currently, I am also pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Development.