Building Africa's Inclusive, Safe and Resilient Cities

Monday 9th December in Dakar, Senegal

In order to showcase innovations changing the world, promote access to funding, locate complementary resources to support innovation, the Islamic Development Bank holds an annual multi stakeholder forum with a focus on urban populations. The Transformers Summit looks at the role of science, innovation and technology in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The Transformers Summit brings together a powerful coalition of entrepreneurs, innovators and global leaders to discuss the role of science, innovation and technology in achieving SDG 11.

Transformers Summit 2019

This year’s Transformers Summit will be held in Dakar, Senegal - the first Islamic Development Bank Member Country to host the Summit on the 9th December 2019. The Transformers Summit is being organised in close partnership with the Government of Senegal. The two have many shared aims and commitments to using science, technology and innovation to solve development challenges in Senegal, West Africa, and beyond.

2019 themes

Investing in science, technology and innovation is a key driver for growing urban populations creating sustainable cities and communities, thereby achieving SDG 11. There remains a huge funding gap to the SDGs ($2.5 trillion) and progress must be accelerated to meet 2030/50 targets. This year’s themes will explore challenges relevant to the region and beyond, including:

  1. How climate change is impacting urbanisation and housing in growing cities
  2. Transport and public spaces: connecting the world’s cities and communities
  3. Education and inspiring the ever-growing youth population
  4. Improving the health of city-dwellers