From 6 to 8 March 2019, the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will host a “Capacity Development Workshop on Transformational Leadership for Sustainable Development”. The event, organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aims to support building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels in the Ethiopian urban governance system.
Urbanization in Ethiopia is increasing and projected to triple, reaching 42.3 million by 2037. Not only is population expected to increase, but big cities are to densify, land to be expanded by including nearby peri-urban areas or by converting rural surrounding to urban settings. This level of urbanization and urban development is currently at its infant stage, providing an opportunity to support the growth, industrialization and sustainable development agenda of the country.
In this context, the Ethiopian Cities Association (ECA) - an alliance of more than 47 Ethiopian cities working towards improving the living conditions of the State urban population – in collaboration with the FDRE Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (MUDCo) and the Addis Center for Sustainable Development at Kotebe Metropolitan University have requested support to UNECA and UNDP for the organization of this training for the Ethiopian city leadership—city executives, representatives, chief executives, managers, and senior public servants. The objective is to strengthen their leadership skills in driving a sustainable development that meet citizens demands and benefit all.
Transformational leadership is indeed crucial to achieving the 2030 Agenda. Local leaders need to have the necessary capacities and mindsets to drive the change. By bridging and linking focused and clear leadership visions with the right mindsets, 2030 Agenda implementation can effectively achieve organizational goals and instill values of professionalism, ethic and integrity; while also empowering citizens (including the most vulnerable) and their local communities.
The training will prepare the city leaders to be able to build democratic good urban governance and promote active engagement of the urban population. It is intended to help the leadership and public servants gain the skills they need to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development; provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Besides several sessions on transformational leadership, the workshop will also include specific sessions on the key role of city policy makers in localizing the Sustainable Development Goals, and in managing conflict of interest and promote anti-corruption strategies.
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