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Why a Network?

While energy forms the backbone of functioning of cities and is core to many of the municipal service responsibilities and operations, integrated energy planning is a new concept to local governments in Africa, as are sustainable energy programmes and projects. Many African cities are experiencing severe energy related crises, or will be in the near future, African cities also need to start implementing carbon mitigation programmes. Sharing information and learning from others is a key way to bridge the gap – a network can facilitate this exchange as well as provide support for cities to undertake energy projects and plans.

This network would particularly serve African cities, build on those things that are common, build greater regional communication and ties between African cities, it would be able to access information from other City networks.

“Increased globalization, and its anti-thesis, localization, has put considerable pressure on cities - presenting both opportunities and risks. Cities are responding to these challenges in a number of ways, primarily by networking among themselves, sharing, partnering and learning. The basic objective of a networking programme between cities is to strengthen the cities' capacity to deliver urban services to its residents, and develop effective urban governance and management structures by involving various urban stakeholders. A streamlined management and operational system - strengthened by knowledge gained from networking with other cities - can be used to mobilize local institutional and human resources to meet the growing and complex needs of cities.”
Urban Environmental Management Research Initiative UEMRI Guide on City Networks