ASToN participated to World Urban Forum organised by UN Habitat in Katowice. Here is what you missed !

On the 28th of June, ASToN co-organised a panel with URBACT on how to achieve inclusive and sustainable urban development. Ousmane Mamane, ASToN Local Coordinator in Niamey; Randolf Wilson, ASToN Local Coordinator in Kumasi; Simone D’Antonio, Italian URBACT Point, National Association of Italian Cities; Jenny Koutsomarkou, URBACT Partnership Officer consituted this pannel, moderated by Simina Lazar, Leed Network.

During this session, our speakers shared their experiences engaging with the URBACT Method. They demonstrated how African and EU cities can use participatory, integrated, and result-oriented approaches in the design of their local policies, and how experimentation has proved to be a useful tool.

What we want to remember? These approaches can be taken by any kind of city, small or big, no matter where!

The next day, ASToN animated two pitch sessions at the French Pavillon managed by the PFVT, a long-time partner. The first pitch was about ASToN and its innovative method, focusing on our use of the lean approach to experiment before scalaing-up digital solutions. Then, Randolf Wilson presented “how Kumasi adopted the ASToN ideals in its work and how they have been able to bring changes to how things are done at Kumasi Metropole Authority because of ASToN”.

What we want to remember ? The voices of the cities should be listened to !