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ASToN is a network of 11 cities across Africa using digital tools to overcome local and global challenges. With over 30 million citizens between them, the cities are responding to questions like:

How can a transition to digital technology improve my city for citizens and what should I be doing about it?
How might we collaborate and learn together with other cities to make that transition faster and more sustainable?
How can we make sure no one is left behind in the process?
Which digital experiments can I run that can have a positive impact on my city and citizens at scale?

ASToN is a pilot project and as such we want to capture its story and share it with a wider audience. The main aspects of the project we consider worth capturing are the following:

  • The stories of the ASToN cities
  • The digital transformation topics of our network
  • The tools, methods and general architecture of the project, ourr strengths and challenges

The major aim of our Knowledge Stratregy is to identify what’s worth capturing and sharing with a wider audience whether these are city or network stories, innovative policy tools, thematic inputs, applied methods, innovative  governance, etc.

Your role will be to design this Knowledge Strategy. Download the position description in ​English, here​ or in F​rench, here​ for further details and to apply.

If this sounds interesting to you and fits your profile, please send an email to the ASToN Secretariat hello@aston-network.org with a max 2-page note explaining how you would approach this mission and what’s you’re added value for the job, along with your cv.
The new deadline for applications is 24 January 2021.


The French Urban Regeneration Agency ANRU has partnered with the French International Development Agency AFD to create a network of African cities around smart city issues (African Smart Towns Network – ASToN). ANRU also manages the European URBACT programme (currently URBACT III) which has already worked with more than 1000 cities across Europe. ASToN is drawing on that method and is the first network of its kind in Africa.