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Urban Age Task Force

The Urban Age Task Force is a new initiative that builds on the success and strengths of the Urban Age Programme. It is designed to support city governments to deliver sustainable urban change ‘on the ground’.

The Addis Ababa Urban Age Task Force has been launched to support the Ethiopian capital advance its strategic development agenda. Addis Ababa, a city of about 3.4 million people set to grow by another million in the next decade, is planning to manage a period of intense urban change sustainably. The Addis Ababa Urban Age Task Force will serve as a support system for the Addis Ababa City Government as it commits itself to compact and connected growth and innovative urban governance.

The Task Force is a partnership between the Addis Ababa City Plan and Development Commission (AACPDC), LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In addition to advisory activities and capacity building, the task force will identify strategic pilot projects to address complex urban challenges around housing and urban intensification, accessibility and streets, and green and blue infrastructre

Find out more on the Addis Ababa Urban Age Task Force website.

Task Force Members (listed by theme)

The Task Force is made up of 13 core members and nine ex-officio members.

Co-Chairs

Dereje Fekadu, Special Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office, Addis Ababa City Administration

Philipp Rode, Executive Director, LSE Cities/Urban Age, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

Cross-cutting theme

Wakuma Abede, Commissioner, Plan and Development Commission, Addis Ababa City Government, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Jagan Shah, Senior Infrastructure Adviser, Department for International Development (DFID), British High Commission, New Delhi, India

Jennifer Semakula-Musisi, City Leader in Residence, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge MA, USA

Michael von der Muehlen, former State Secretary and Participant of International Building Exhibition (IBA) “Emscher Park”, Dortmund, Germany

Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies and Director, LSE Cities/Urban Age, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

Marc Steinlin, Managing Partner, IngeniousPeoplesKnowledge Consultants, London, UK

Housing and urban intensification

Elias Yitbarek Alemayehu, Architect and Associate Professor, EiABC, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Kecia Rust, Executive Director and Founder, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance, Johannesburg, South Africa

Timnit Eshetu, CEO, Construction Enterprise, Addis Ababa City Government, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Brett Herron, former Member of the Mayoral Committee: Transport & Urban Development, City of Cape Town, South Africa

Accessibility and streets

Elleni Ashebir, Cities and Urban Mobility Program Manager, Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities, WRI Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Clarisse Linke, Country Director Brazil, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Semere Jelalu Shafi, Deputy General Director, Addis Ababa City Traffic Management Agency, Addis Ababa City Government, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Green and blue infrastructure

Hailu Worku Bedane, Chair of Environmental Planning and Landscape Design and Deputy Scientific Director of EiABC, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Hague, Netherlands

Zeleke Teferi, Water Resource and Quality Specialist, Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority, Addis Ababa City Government, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Cecilia Vaca Jones, Programme Director, Bernard van Leer Foundation, The Hague, Netherlands

Olusola Ikuforiji, Environmental Specialist, African Development Bank, Abidjan

Partner members

Elisabeth Mansfeld, Head of Cities Project Area, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany

Lena Weiler, Senior Urban Development Adviser, Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany