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USiA Workshop

13 August 2018

The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana (UG), and the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) of the University of Tokyo, wish to inform the University Community of a two-day workshop on “Development Strategy for Urban Sustainability in Africa on the basis of SDGs Interlinkage Analysis (USiA)”.

The workshop will focus specifically on the analysis of Ghana’s rural-urban interlinkages such as synergy and trade-off across SDG 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation) and SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable). Further information on the workshop objectives is provided in the attached concept note. Also attached are the expected participants and the draft programme (TBD).

THEME: “Development Strategy for Urban Sustainability in Africa on the basis of SDGs Interlinkage Analysis (USiA)”.

WHY: The USiA is a policy research and based on the interlinkages analysis such as synergy and trade-off across the SDGs, it seeks to propose policy recommendations on international cooperation, investment and solution prioritization in order to implement UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation) and SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) in Sub-Sahara Africa. The project will generate new policy proposal and project scheme for the sponsoring organization (Japan International Cooperation Agency: JICA) and regional financial institutions in Africa, such as Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and African Development Bank
(AfDB).

HOW: This workshop will focus on rural-urban linkage. For decades, Ghana‘s development paradigm has been skewed and this has resulted in extreme disparities between rural and urban areas. The workshop will deliberate on how to bridge the dichotomy. So far, solution scanning method has been used to identify major challenges and relevant policy options for effective and sustainable rural-urban linkage. In the workshop, more potential solutions will be identified and prioritized. Thus, participants will be asked to prioritize the various solutions to identify the best options for action plan. The entire prioritization process will be explained by the conveners.

The workshop outcome will be summarized as a form of policy briefs.