Join us Monday 22 March starting 9AM GMT for a debate with some of Africa’s local leaders and thinkers in this field!

ASToN is a network of 11 African cities, home to some of the world’s youngest and fastest growing populations. These cities are witnessing a digital transition that has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But what has been the effect of this shift to digital on the young people in the ASToN cities, and how can we better enable them to be the citizens of tomorrow?

The potential to engage young citizens in online participatory projects is quite high and provides encouragement to smart city solutions that look to encourage communication between the territory and their local authority. However, the pitfalls remain the same as for traditional participation – the use of the digital tool in no way guarantees the participation of young people and engagement or outreach activities will be as important as ever.
From ASToN Baseline Study sept 2020

We will address this question together with Fatimata Camara, 1st Deputy-Mayor for the District of Bamako (Mali), Hajjaj Moussaid, 1st Vice-president of Benguerir Municipality (Morocco)Prudence Rubingisa, Mayor of Kigali (Rwanda) and Mamoudou Mouctar, President of Special Delegation of Niamey (Niger). We will equally be joined by Emmanuel Adegboye, researcher from Chatham House.

You can check the event agenda and register HERE if you want to join us for this debate.