Africa Urban Poverty Alleviation Program
Sister Cities International’s Africa Urban Poverty Alleviation Program (AUPAP) is designed to address urban poverty through water, health, and sanitation projects developed collaboratively by U.S. and African sister city programs. This includes participation and support from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, municipal governments and traditional leaders in Africa to provide sustained technical assistance and community development strategies. Beyond these projects, the program will develop a support network for sister cities on the continent of Africa to promote the mission of peace and prosperity through international people-to-people collaboration.
Funding for Projects and Exchanges
In 2010 and 2011, 25 sister city partnerships representing 13 African countries and 16 U.S. states were competitively selected to participate in AUPAP. Through these partnerships, community members in the African cities, along with members of civic, municipal, and private organizations in both the U.S. and Africa, selected projects in the areas of water, sanitation, and health to address local problems in these areas. Together the U.S. and African partners combined their technical expertise and experience to plan, implement, and monitor their projects, with administrative and technical support from Sister Cities International.
AUPAP is currently in its third year of the grant and has projects underway in Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia. The program is funded through a generous $7.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“Through inter-city collaboration, lessons learned in one city can be used elsewhere to improve the quality, success and cost-effectiveness of everyone’s efforts,” said Melanie Walker, senior program officer for Special Initiatives for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Knowledge sharing provides long-term support for developing world cities, creates sustainable solutions that empower urban poor to improve their lives, and has the potential to expand between cities and nations around the world.”
Regional African Partners
In addition to these projects, Sister Cities International is working closely with three partner organizations to promote the sister cities model and twinning throughout different regions of Africa. African Global Sister Cities Foundation (AGSCF), based in Accra, Ghana, is operating in West Africa, Africa Sister Cities, based in Casablanca, Morocco, is operating in North Africa and francophone countries and Eastern Africa Sister Cities, based in Nairobi, Kenya, is operating in Eastern Africa. Together they will provide programmatic and informational support to existing partnerships as well as work to promote twinning between African cities and other cities around the world.
For more information on AUPAP, please contact Dace Mahanay at firstname.lastname@example.org.