Building Africa's Inclusive, Safe and Resilient Cities
The Transformers Summit brings together a diverse mix of thinkers, innovators and policy-makers to promote collaboration and generate ideas to stimulating progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Academics, innovators and entrepreneurs join Government officials, influencers and development experts to discuss the latest innovations and interventions that will help achievement of UN SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Following a personal invitation on behalf of the Government of Senegal, this year's edition will be taking place in Dakar, Senegal.
Investing in science, technology and innovation is a key driver for growing urban populations creating sustainable cities and communities. There remains a huge funding gap to the SDGs and progress must be accelerated to meet 2030/50 targets.
This year’s themes will explore challenges relevant to the region and beyond, including:
- How climate change is impacting urbanisation and housing in growing cities
- Transport and public spaces: connecting the world’s cities and communities
- Education and inspiring the ever-growing youth population
- Improving the health of city-dwellers
H.E. Dr. Bandar Hajjar
Dr. Hayat Sindi
H.E. President Macky Sall
Entertainment by Youssou N’Dour
Youssou N’Dour wants the world to stop haggling over the wealth of Africa, a continent where Senegal plays a leading role.
Six years after the reggae campaign and his Bob Marley cover on the Dakar-Kingston album, the Prince of the Medina of Dakar has been back in the recording studio.
While he was serving as Minister of Culture and then Tourism in the government of President Macky Sall (elected in 2012), he put his artistic activities on hold, but his current status as ‘Minister Advisor to the President’ has given him more leeway. “In Africa, there’s a dynamic movement driven by culture. Africa needs a smile on its face and must show its strengths. Senegal is a strong, pacific country with deep roots.
Extending the bridges that Youssou N’Dour is keen to build between diasporas, Africa Rekkbrings us Song Daan, a duo with rap and R&B star Akon, who was born in the USA and raised as a child in Senegal.
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 organisations have many shared aims and commitments to using science, technology and innovation to solve development challenges in Senegal, West Africa, and beyond.