Participant List & Agenda

Mon 30 Jul 2012 at 7:30 am

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Agenda and list of participants who attended the Pro-Poor Urban Development: China and Africa Workshop, held from July 30 to August 1, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. Co-organized by the the Centre for African Studies of Peking University, Development Workshop Angola, and Mazingira Institute with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.





Dr. Haifang Liu
, Centre for African Studies of Peking University, Deputy Director and Secretary General. Focus on African Politics & International Relations, Comprehensive African Studies and Comprehensive African Studies. Also jointly teaches Theories and Methodologies in Afro-Asian Studies for MA students, International Politics &Area Studies for Ph. D students.

Jing Feng
, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Researcher and Urban Planner. His main areas of work are planning transformation, public participation in urban planning and disaster-relief planning; graduated from National Urban Planning Institute of France.

Dr. Shang
Jing, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Western Branch 
Deputy Director. She graduated with a Master’s degree from Institute of Architecture of Tianjin University. A Visiting Scholar of UCLA in 2008-2009. Main Research Areas are Urban Planning, Urban General Planning, New Countryside Planning and Regional Planning.

Dr. Mao Shelly Xiaojing
, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce of China. She is an associate research fellow in the Department of Development Assistance at the Chinese Academy of International trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC), Ministry of Commerce of China; a member of the China-DAC Study Group.

Dr. Tang
, Tsinghua University, Assistant Professor. His research focuses on political philosophy and the modernization process of developing countries, particularly China’s engagement in Africa.

Jianhong Wu
, Beijing Jiaotong University  Professor. He has more than 20 years working experience in the research institutes and International Union of Railways (UIC) with a focus on railway  economics, policy and operation issues.

Dr. Zhao
, China Eximbank, Chief Country Risk Analyst. He is the designer of China’s present-day strategy toward Africa and inventor of Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Participant in the China Society for International Finance (CSIF), Asia-Africa Development and Exchange Society (AADES), Council on National Security Policy (CNSP), and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Elaine Lizhi Huang, Peking University, PhD candidate


Allan Cain
, Development Workshop Angola, Director. He is an architect and specialist in project planning, urbanisation and the upgrading of informal settlements with over 35 years of professional experience in developing countries, 30 of those in conflict and post-conflict Angola implementing projects for community water supply, school building & planning, environmental sanitation, peacebuilding, land rights and public participation.

Ross Anthony
, Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University Research Fellow.

Dr. Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has consulted with local and international agencies such as UNDESA, UNDP, UN-HABITAT, City of Johannesburg, and the Government of South Africa.

Cupertino Gourgel
, Consulate General of the Republic of Angola in Hong Kong SAR, Consul General

Carine Kiala
, Consulate General of the Republic of Angola in Hong Kong SAR, Advisor, Trade and Investment, Office of the Consul General. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, with a major in African Politics and International Political Economy. Previously worked as a senior analyst at the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) in South Africa and consulted for Angola’s Centre for Strategic Studies.

Davinder Lamba
, Mazingira Institute, Director. Served on the Scientific Steering Committee of UNESCO's MOST Programme and, with Dr Mario Polèse, conceived the Socially Sustainable Cities research initiative; convened the Training and Research Partners for Habitat Caucus for the Habitat II Conference; founded the African Research Network on Urban Management and is the Anglophone Africa representative on the board of Habitat International Coalition (HIC).

Gordon Pirie
, African Centre for Cities, Deputy Director. His research focuses on mobility and accessibility in the metropolitan south.

Jane Weru
, Akiba Mashinani Trust, Executive Director. She is a member of the Provincial Commissioners Informal Settlements Committee, a Board member of Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) and the Team Leader for the Kenya Railway Relocation Action Plan.

Kecia Rust
, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa, Housing Finance Coordinator. She is a consultant in low income housing finance, specialising in South Africa and working throughout Africa.

Andre Melo
, Development Workshop Angola, Research Coordinator. He manages DW’s research unit and oversees DW’s documentation centre (CEDOC) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) unit.


David Westendorff
, Urbanchina Partners, Managing Partner; University of Memphis, Associate Professor; Founding Director, Midsized Cities Policy Research Institute. Prior to returning to China in 2001, he spent a decade at United Nations Research Institute for Social Development coordinating international research projects on urban governance and indicators and data for monitoring social development.

Fantu Cheru
, Nordic-Africa Institute, Research Director. He currently serves as a member of the UN Secretary-General's Panel on International Support for the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) as well as Convenor of the Global Economic Agenda Track of the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy. He has served both as advisor and consultant to a number of governments and donor institutions including UNECA, UNDP, UN-Habitat, SIDA, DANIDA and NORAD.

Dr. Melanie Walker
, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Deputy Director of Special Initiatives. She joined the Foundation as a Senior Program Officer in 2006 from her previous role at the World Health Organization in China. In addition to her role at the Foundation, she is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine maintains a hospital-based practice at Harborview Medical Center.

Sam Sternin
, Development Innovations Group, Field Director

Centre for African Studies of Peking University


Diana Lee-Smith
, Mazingira Institute. She lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was one of the founders of Mazingira Institute. Prior to retiring in 2005, she led the African Regional programme of Urban Harvest, an initiative of the Consultive Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Currently, she is a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where she is working on editing two books on urban agriculture in Africa.

Elaine Huang, Mazingira Institute


Zarina Ishani
, Mazingira Institute


Program & Biographical Notes


MONDAY, 30 JULY, 2012               

8:30 – 9:30
Workshop opening
Moderator: Davinder Lamba, Director, Mazingira Institute    
Welcome by hosts: Prof. Liu Haifang, General Secretary, Center for African Studies, Peking U.
Introductions by participants
About the workshop: Allan Cain, Director,  Development Workshop, Angola
About the urban poverty initiative of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Melanie Walker, Deputy Director, Special Initiatives, B&MGF

9:30 – 10:30 
Moderator: Prof. Liu Haifang, General Secretary, Center for African Studies, Peking University
Presenter: Allan Cain, Director of Development Workshop, Angola
Participatory mapping of urban poverty
Respondents and discussion on the theme

10:30 – 11:00   

Theme one: China’s involvement in African urban development
Moderator: Dr Ross Anthony, Center for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch

11:00– 11:30 
Presenter:  Dr. Shelly Mao Xiaojing, Chinese Ministry of Commerce 
China's aid in promoting African urban development
11:30 – 12:00
Presenter:  Dr. Tang Xiaoyang, Tsinghua University, International Studies, Beijing 
The impact of Chinese enterprises on Africa's urban employment
Respondents and discussion on the theme

13:00 – 14:30     

Theme two: Financing and social housing
Moderator: Prof. Gordon Pirie, Deputy Director of the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

14:30 – 15:00
Presenter: Kecia Rust, Director, Center for African Housing Finance, Johannesburg
African housing finance
15:00 – 15:30
Presenter: Dr. Zhao Changhui, EXIMBANK, Beijing
Chinese financing of African housing and urban development
Respondent:  Sam Sternin

Day one synthesis and concluding remarks: Diana Lee-Smith, Mazingira Institute

TUESDAY, 31 JULY, 2012

Theme three: Urban land, services and infrastructure
Moderator: Prof. Fantu Cheru, Director , Nordic-Africa Institute

8:30 – 9:00 
Presenter: Dr. Caroline Wanjiku Kihato, Urban LandMark, Pretoria
Making African land markets accessible to the poor
9:00 – 9:30
Presenter: Prof Jianhong Wu, Beijing Technical University
China’s railway development planning and poverty alleviation
Respondents and discussion on the theme

10:30 – 11:00    

Theme four: Participatory urban planning
Moderator: Prof. David David Westendorff ,  University of Memphis

11:00 – 11:25
Presenter: Jane Weru, Executive Director, Akiba Mashinani Trust, Nairobi
Community participation in urban planning: the role of slum dwellers’ federations

11:25 - 11:45 
Presenter: Dr. Shang Jing , Vice President China Academy of Urban Planning and Design
Planning for regional poverty alleviation in Guizhou province of China

11:45 – 12:10 
Presenter: Jing Feng, China Academy for Urban Planning and Design, Beijing
Urban planning  case study: slum upgrading in Luanda, Angola
Respondents and discussion on the theme

13:10 – 14:30     

14:30 – 16:30
Panel on the way ahead
Speakers: Sam Sternin, Liu Haifang, Allan Cain
Moderator: Melanie Walker, Deputy Director, Special Initiatives, B&MGF

Workshop closing 
Moderator: Davinder Lamba

19:00 – 22:30       
Dinner–reception at Mazingira Institute

8:30 – 13:00
Nairobi tour for participants

13:00 – 14:30    

Participants on their own

Conference participants