API has obtained a registration Number from the Uganda Registration Services Bureau and is currently, engaged in the process of obtaining a Hosting Centre at the Makerere University in Kampala Uganda by December 2021.
API held a session with the East African Institute of Planners and the Sudan Planners Institute. API Africa Partnerships unit are yet to conclude memorandum of understanding including areas of collaboration.
API also held a successful meeting with government of Japan in February 2021 for possibility of promoting partnerships/collaboration. The Government of Japan is waiting for a project proposal from API through Makerere University.
API held meetings with officials of Common Wealth Association of Architects, Common Wealth Association of Planners and India Institute of Human Settlements.
API has also attained a team of volunteer staff to support API work within the Secretariat in Uganda.
API has filled almost all positions on the structure where the Regional Director positions including the Deputy Regional Directors are filled, by December 2021, all country Director Positions will also be filled.
API has active and operational social media platforms which include Facebook, Telegram LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube channel. The weekend talk show Bonjour Afrika was also launched. Volunteers are purchasing their own necessary equipment to improve the programme.
The API website is www.apiafrica.org is fully, operational and still undergoing quality assurance test.
The API programmes are fully, operational. These are Programme1: Africa and International Partnerships, Programme 2: Spatial Planning and Built Environment Design, Programme 3: Knowledge Management and Programme 4 Policy Formulation and Evaluation that is linked to the eleven Sustainable Goals of the United Nations.
API completed the participatory consultation on the API constitution. It will be signed off soon by the Top Management by December 2021.
According to the State of Planning in Africa by the UN-habitat, the following are the core areas that need immediate address by the Institute.
Nine out of fifteen countries have laws that regulate the registration of planning at a national level (Burkina Faso, Uganda, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia).
Countries that do not have such regulation in place include Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Countries where legislation to regulate the planning profession is being contemplated include Ghana and Uganda.
In some of the countries planning is not offered at higher education institutions (e.g., Burkina Faso); while in Mauritius planning courses are offered based on demand.
Countries such as Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe have relatively higher levels of registered planners per 100,000 people in comparison to others like Burkina Faso, Malawi, and Uganda which have less.
These will be the priority areas in the first 5-year work operation of the African Planning Institute.
- Develop a 5-year Strategic Plan.
- Advocate for laws to regulate planning at national level in the different African countries.
- Advocate for planning courses to be offered in at least one higher institution in every African country through collaborations.
- Carry out trainings for basic planning skills in each region.
- Seek for partnerships with international agencies.
- Solicit for funding through developing proposals for research and grants.
Achievements Since Endorsement of African Planning Institute
Support has been requested to help formalize the existence of API. This entailed, identifying Pan- African Institution that can host this Institute. Discussions have been held with Makerere University and an Understanding has been reached whereby the institution will be hosted as part of the university.
Extension of the forum has been forwarded to different platforms such as ISOCARP for purposes of securing financial, human and technical support.