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Using spatial data for evidence based city policy in Africa

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Informal settlements make up over 54% of the urban population in Africa, with profound consequences in terms of health & well-being, prosperity and environmental impact, plus the fact that retrofitting infrastructure is three time more expensive.
In many African cities an urbanisation plan is needed to better target investment in critical infrastructure and services, upgrading informal settlements to provide for the most vulnerable residents. But how do policy makers make informed decisions? And quickly?This transdisciplinary collaboration bringing together Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC), Ordnance Survey formed to tackle informal settlements, starting with Lusaka, Zambia.Working together the organisations produced detailed data in a few weeks so that policy makers could start to ensure a more resilient urban future for Lusaka; which could be repeatable in other growing cities to benefit their residents.Faced with the complex challenges of rapid urbanisation, this session will bring together policymakers, academics and practitioners to workshop how spatial data can be used in innovative ways to solve the policy problems local and national governments in Africa face. During the workshop, participants will :(1) Discuss how detailed spatial data could help policy makers make better evidence-based policy decisions (2) Explore collaboration techniques between policymakers and development partners to support policy investments on informal settlements and other policy areasThe session will include a short framing presentation followed by a workshop facilitated by diverse group of experts.