Rise Africa: Inspiring Action for Sustainable Cities

What is RISE Africa?

RISE Africa is ICLEI Africa’s new annual event that aims to inspire and foster new connections that lead to swift and impactful actions for enhanced sustainability and resilience in Africa’s urban areas. Exposure to forward-thinking ideas from different disciplines through a range of curated interactions will provide an antidote to outdated “silo” thinking that is well recognised to inhibit innovation. Instead of being another ‘talk shop’ amongst like-minded individuals, RISE Africa will bring a diversity of city role players together in innovative sessions to identify new opportunities for collaborative action.

Who should attend?

RISE Africa aims to break down the barriers between different groups by encouraging interactions between diverse role players who, together, can translate ideas into action on the ground. Unlike many academic conferences, participants will not be separated by expertise or interest. Unlike many government engagements, participants will not be separated by hierarchy. Instead, a ‘level playing field’ will be provided to facilitate engagement and cross-disciplinary learning to spark innovative actions for sustainable cities.


The first RISE Africa event will be held at the Century City Conference Centre, located 11km outside Cape Town CBD in Century City Square. This mixed-use precinct showcases green buildings, public transport, waterways and indigenous vegetation, and has been awarded a 4-star rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa. With a variety of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and bars in safe walking distance, the location provides the perfect opportunity for networking between scheduled events, guaranteeing that attendees will leave inspired and re-energised to play their part in a better African future.

Source: ICLEI

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Start date: 
Sunday, May 24, 2020
End date: 
Wednesday, May 27, 2020