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African Infrastructural Futures: Urban research, debates and priorities

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Africa Centre for Cities

21 November 2022 - 23 November 2022


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The African Infrastructure Futures Conference builds on the debates of REframe to further refine, substantiate and mainstream sustainable urban infrastructure approaches in Africa. We recognize that doing this requires addressing the material, institutional and financial path dependencies which constrain what can be imagined, tested, and scaled. Bringing sustainable urban infrastructure into the mainstream demands engagements with public and private operators, especially decision-makers who structure the authorizing environment for infrastructure investment. There is insufficient engagement between academics, think tank researchers, infrastructure providers and those who commission and finance it. The conference will create a space to bridge these gaps, whilst seeking to surface a research agenda.

While the question of how to finance, build or retrofit, and maintain sustainable infrastructure is central to current debates about Africa’s infrastructure futures, answers have remained siloed into the seemingly separate approaches of three different types of interest groups: national governments, multilateral organizations and their associated think tanks, and academic researchers. The conference will address these parallel knowledge worlds by staging a series of conversations which are articulated through 5 provocations. To accommodate these kinds of exchanges and attend to critical scholarly debates, the conference will be curated as follows: Day 1 will adopt a more traditional academic conference format and Day 2 and 3 will focus on the substance of the policy and practice debates.

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