Welcome to Africa's century – when we turn our vision for the Continent into Reality.
For Africa to flourish, our Cities have to work.
Cities have to work in order to achieve the Global Goals, to deliver Africa’s Agenda 2063 and to deliver National Development Plans.
Cities have to work for inclusive economic growth and human development and to reduce poverty, human suffering, conflict and migration.
Cities have to work for the Green Climate Fund to be effective and for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to succeed.
So how will that happen?
Cities need an enabling environment, devolved powers, resources and human capacity.
And to work well, cities need to implement and deliver ambitious and robust plans.
A Delivery System provides digital infrastructure for more cities to achieve more results, faster and for less.
This can mean the difference between inclusive growth in cities rather than slums, poverty, insecurity and migration from the city.
With a Delivery System, city plans work together within a long term National Development Plan.
City results add up to produce real-time reports for ministries, departments and agencies – and Annual Progress Reports to track national development.
IMPLEMENTATION uses a powerful online platform and performance management process.
Turning PLANS into RESULTS...
by addressing 4 key issues.
1. Each plan is based on evidence gathered using the platform.
2. And the plan is based on what works: using solutions gathered through the platform.
3. The platform builds human capacity with a learning management system, elearning and knowledge products. And
4. The platform helps to ensure that plans are implemented… using an in-built Performance Management System, aligned Performance Contracts of officials and real-time Monitoring & Evaluation.
The Delivery System builds Capacity and simplifies work closing the gap between Capacity Available in the city and Capacity required to successfully implement plans.
So how does the Delivery System close the capacity gap?
By addressing two key capacity challenges:
1. The Delivery System builds capacity of officials on the job and saves time with instant access to data.
2. The technical tasks to be performed are not simple, they are complex and difficult.
The Delivery System simplifies work with checklists and knowledge products so that city officials can do more expert work in-house.
By increasing the capacity of city officials and simplifying work, the delivery system closes the capacity gap – enabling many, many cities to make effective plans and deliver results.
Include saving time and cost and improving quality of results at scale.
The Delivery System changes what is possible for cities and nations:
Reducing reporting and audit workload by as much as 70% through digital automation
With instant access to real-time results rather than days of delay.
Providing evidence of what works for fast, effective decision making.
Multiplying the VALUE FOR MONEY and IMPACT of expert consultants by generating re-usable knowledge products.
Using knowledge products to build capacity for policy making to cause a policy shift.
And building technical capacity to upscale results.
Enabling more cities in more countries to flourish.
And improving use of resources to deliver Agenda 2063 and the Global Goals.
The Delivery System enables cities and nations to implement their plans. Not just 3 or 20 or 50 cities: All cities benefit, delivering together and playing their role in the National Development Plan!
Now is the time for a digital leapfrog! The Delivery System provides a digital infrastructure to build capacity and implement plans across the Continent. When our cities excel in capacity building and implementation, and learn together we can deliver on the promise of Africa’s Century.
Future Cities Africa is a project of the Cities Alliance with the Knowledge Platform and Delivery System process developed by Gaiasoft and funded by the UK Department for International Development.
The Future Cities Africa Knowledge Platform uses the MIDIR methodology. The platform is supported by Cities Alliance and Gaiasoft’s teams in Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Brussels and London. This video animation was prepared by Gaiasoft for Future Cities Africa. FCA Video 3.