Mayors Dialogue on growth and solidarity: reimagining human mobility in Africa and Europe

February 2020 to July 2021

Growth and Solidarity: reimagining human mobility in Africa and Europe is an initiative led by the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr and the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, which will culminate in a Mayors Dialogue in early 2021. The Dialogue will be a key milestone in a city-led and action-oriented initiative to establish a shared vision and practical avenues for cooperation on human mobility between African and European cities.

The world is looking to city leaders to provide actionable ideas and solutions This will require joint action by city mayors. By being accountable to their citizens, mayors serve to amplify the voice of urban communities in having a say on what matters to them. Two overarching priorities unite cities on both continents: inclusive and sustainable growth that creates jobs, and social inclusion that leaves no one behind by extending access to services and participation in local decision-making. Cities participating in the Growth and Solidarity initiative have an interest in exploring collaboration and practical action in several sectors and industries, including tourism; creative industries; technology; port infrastructure; low carbon transitions, the green economy; and urban farming.

Alongside Milan and Freetown, other cities participating in the Dialogue currently include; Accra, Agadez, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Bristol, Dakar, Durban, Kampala, Kanifing, Lisbon, Mannheim, Maputo, Paris, Tunis and Zurich. Further cities from across Africa and Europe will be joining the Dialogue during 2020.

ODI is working alongside core partners Open Society Foundations (OSF), the Mayors Migration Council (MMC), and Robert Bosch Stiftung to coordinate a series of exchanges to help build political momentum amongst mayors, define a shared vision, concrete policy priorities and secure public and private funding to develop sustainable initiatives on the ground.