Research and Policy dialogue
May 12, 2017, Helsinki

Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
Rooms: Auditorium PIII and Suomen Laki-sali (PIV)

8.30- 09.00 Arrival and registration
09.00-09.15 Welcoming remarks by Professor Elina Oinas, University of Helsinki
-Introduction and rationale of the day by Ms. Iina Soiri, Director of the Nordic Africa Institute and moderator of the event
09.15-09.30 Dr. Pasi Hellman, Managing Director, the Nordic Development Fund
Video message from Stefan Atchia, Transport Policy Specialist, Infrastructure, Cities and Urban Development Department, African Development Bank
09.30-09.45 Opening remarks by Mr. Kai Mykkänen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development in Finland
09.45-10.30 Prioritising Experimentation for Sustainable African Urban Futures
Professor Edgar Pieterse, Director, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
Chair: Dr. Patience Mususa, the Nordic Africa Institute
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Parallel workshops:
1. Urban political economic and social inclusion and stability (PIII)
2. Urban physical and social infrastructural needs and financing (PIV)
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.15 The Africa We Want: What role for Urbanization?
Director Takyiwaa Manuh, Social Development Policy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Chair: Dr. Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, the Nordic Africa Institute
14.15-15.45 Parallel workshops (separate venues):
3. Climate change and urbanisation (PIII)
4. Urban productivity and job creation (PIV)
15.45-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-16.50 Way forward for Nordic meaningful collaborations with urban Africa
Experts roundtable moderated by Dr. Martti Eirola, Department for Africa and the Middle East, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
16.50-17.00 Closing of the event
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