Dialogue opportunities for urban experts


“Urban Dialogues” creates spaces for dialogues between urban experts, scientists, practitioners and relevant actors from businesses and industry. Here, they come together to identify and analyse current challenges in urbanisation and to develop innovative solutions together. The active involvement of local actors enables a direct implementation of the results. The project draws on Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft’s existing expertise in urbanisation issues.


Cities are developed according to their spatial conditions and financial realities. Different visions of the future as well as uncertainties are also shaping this process. All over the world, cities are growing rapidly, especially in Africa, whose urban development is currently the focus of our dialogues. Urban Dialogues aims to highlight the relevance of the urban dimension in the development of international cooperation, to allow new perspectives on urban planning and to develop solutions to current challenges.

In this context, we consider the co-design of urbanisation processes as a contribution to fostering a free and open society which enables urban dwellers of today and tomorrow to participate socially and economically in the urban life of the metropolises of the future. 


Urban Dialogues develops solutions for the urgent urban issues of our times and aims to strengthen their implementation and cooperation. Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft has already hosted five Urban Africa Roundtables (2018, 2019, 2020, September and November 2021 - documentations can be found here). These events focused on the political frameworks for German-African cooperation with regard to urbanisation. Experts from sub-Saharan Africa, international scientists and advisors from different areas exchanged their experiences. In parallel workshops, they worked on issues like urban employment development, urban infrastructure finance or integrated policymaking. 

In 2020 Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and African Centre for Cities started off their collaboration with the event series "Reframe. Aligning Africas Urban Agenda”, followed by a workshop series September and November 2021 on potentials and prospects of sustainable infrastructure for African cities. Building on these discussions, in May 2022 the paper series Mainstreaming sustainable infrastructure investments in Africa has been published.


REFRAME Conversation 1 – African Cities and Agenda 2063

REFRAME Conversation 2 – Political Economy of Urban Transformation

REFRAME Conversation 3 – Sustainable Infrastructure is the Key to Success

REFRAME Conversation 4 – Civic Power

REFRAME Conversation 5 – Innovative Regulation is Transformative Politics

Shaping Urban Future: A Global View

This too shall pass – Understanding Public Space in the City