Speaker 1: Dr. Melanie Walker, Deputy Director, Special Initiatives, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Speaker 2: Davinder Lamba, Executive Director, Mazingira Institute
Speaker 3: Allan Cain, Director, Development Workshop Angola
Speaker 4: Dr. Liu Haifang, Deputy Director and Secretary General, Centre for African Studies of Peking University
Dr. Melanie Walker, Deputy Director, Special Initiatives, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, thanked the participants and encouraged the follow-up group to keep focused on what is the problem that is being solved. What is the problem of urban poverty? Is it one of technology or one of finance? Also is it measurable? She gave the example of WHO focusing on the social determinants of health as a way of addressing environmental health problems through measurable outcomes. Crowd sourcing through ICT in order to address and measure urban poverty issues related to large construction initiatives is perhaps a possibility. Technical assistance on financing to municipal governments is another. She encouraged donor mapping to find investors. This has been one of BMGF’s initiatives to seed further research on a topic of priority for development.
Allan Cain, Director, Development Workshop Angola, quickly assessed the workshop as largely successful in the sharing of many new ideas, identifying partners and future stakeholders, and a future exchange program. It has been less successful in engaging Chinese and international institutions to invest further in pro-poor urban development, but this will be the task for the follow-up group.
Dr. Liu Haifang, Deputy Director and Secretary General, Centre for African Studies of Peking University, concluded that much had been learned from this workshop and it showed that much more can be gained from continued face-to-face communication on the topic.
Davinder Lamba, Executive Director, Mazingira Institute, formally closed the session by thanking all concerned who made it possible, especially Hai-fang and Allan, to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Melanie, to Sam Sternin for guidance to Mazingira Institute, and to all the staff of Mazingira, the interpreters, hotel, travel agent and rapporteurs. He outlined the program for Day Three, including the “windscreen” tour of Nairobi’s poor and rich areas. Finally he invited all participants to a dinner hosted at Mazingira Institute at the end of Day Two, to discuss informally including with some other potentially interested international agencies.
Dr. Melanie Walker
Davinder Lamba, Dr. Liu Haifang and Allan Cain