Africities is the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s flagship pan-African event that is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa. We mobilize communities and local authorities in African countries, as well as financial institutions, civil society groups and development partners at continental and international levels.


The architecture of all Africities Summits aims to address major questions based on the construction of the 2063 Vision of Africa with debate proposed by the African Union Commission.

From November 20 -24, 2018, the Africities 8 Summit will be hosted in Marrakech, with over 5000 participants. The latter will represent all the stakeholders of African local life as well as their partners from other regions of the world: ministers in charge of local governments; ministers in charge of housing and urban development; ministers of public service; local authorities and local elected officials; officials of local and central administrations; civil society organizations, associations and trade unions; economic operators of the public and private sectors as well as of the social/ solidarity economy; traditional rulers; researchers and academics; and international cooperation agencies.

The Africities 8 Exhibition will host between 400 – 500 exhibitors.


Africities is a Pan Africa conference that is convened by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s (UCLG-A) and brings together the leadership of cities and sub national governments and their associations for the advancement of decentralization and local governance aimed at improving the living standards of the citizens.

Africities Summits have been held every three years since 1998 when the first meeting was held in Abijan, Ivory Coast. Other Cities that have hosted the summit include Johannesburg-South Africa, Dakar-Senegal and Marrakech-Morocco (twice).

For the first time ever, an intermediary city, Kisumu City – Kenya, will host the 9th Edition of Africities Summit, from the 17th to the 21st of May 2022. The theme for the 9th Edition is, ‘The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063’.

Kisumu literally means a place of barter trade “sumo” in the Luo language and is locally called ‘Kisumo’. It was the major port of Lake Victoria during the commonwealth of East Africa, then known as Port Florence. The town was founded in the early 19th Century mainly as the main inland terminal of the Asian-built Uganda railway. Asians once formed a quarter of the population of the town, with cultural and infrastructural evidence of this visible to date.


⦁ Defining appropriate shared strategies in order to improve the living conditions of people at the local level.

⦁ Contribute to the integration, peace and unity of Africa starting from the grassroots.

Organized every three years for the past 20 years, the Africities Summit has been held under the banner of UCLG Africa since 2006, alternately in each of the five regions of the continent.



Africities Exhibition:-

The Africities Exhibition of Kisumu, which is held in parallel with the Conference part, consists of:

  • 5 000 square meters of exhibition space;
  • Between 150 and 200 exhibitors from Africa and other continents, including country pavilions, institutional pavilions, and booths dedicated to public or private companies;
  • B2B Meetings;
  • A series of workshops held each day around the following five main priorities of the African Development Bank (High Five), namely:
  1. Lighting up intermediary cities
  2. Feeding intermediate cities
  3. Improving the quality of life in intermediary cities;
  4. Developing economic activities and employment in intermediary cities;
  5. The contribution of intermediary cities to African integration and unity.

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