The urbanization of most of Africa is happening at an accelerated rate and their governments are having difficulty managing the change sustainably. Most African countries are blessed with abundance of natural resources that can be harnessed to bring about some economic relief but with the high population growth and the absence of a sustainable urbanization management plan in place, governments even though may experience some economic relief, are still left to deal with the environmental and social challenges that arise.
These challenges include increased waste production, increased energy consumption, land deforestation, degradation and fragmentation, soil fertility loss, dramatic decline and loss of biodiversity, air pollution, poor sanitation, lack of clean water and housing and effects of climate change. These lead to environmental degradation, public health crises and social dislocation. These issues negate any potential economic growth within these areas.
A training program on sustainable urbanization management (SUM) targeted at African government and non-governmental executives responsible for managing these issues will bridge the knowledge gap and provide the expertise required to build a framework from which each of these challenges can be addressed.
The training will consist three (3) sessions: An online portion to determine current knowledge and skill; in class portion that will provide the required training, and internship opportunities. Follow-up opportunities will be offered to participants, if interested, after programs have been implemented in their countries for certification purposes. The training will include formative assessments and summative assessments.
Entry level Behaviour
All participants should have completed a minimum of Grade 12 or the equivalent.
This course has been designed to meet the needs of both African government and non-governmental executives with little background in urban planning who find themselves in organizations involving urbanization management as well as experienced urban planners who are stepping into positions which require a broad perspective of social and environmental issues and their roles in the world economy.