Preparation of the Johannesburg–Addis Ababa Partnership Programme (JAAPP)



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Activities to explore the potential of creating a link between the two cities have already taken place. In July 2002, the Johannesburg Metro Council hosted a delegation from the City Government of Addis Ababa to share information on the city’s transformation and restructuring process. In addition, the Mayor of Addis Ababa raised the idea of a Johannesburg-Addis Ababa link with the South African president, Thabo Mbeki, at the February 2003 meeting of the African Union and received in-principle support. This proposal seeks approval for a preparation grant to develop the framework, activities and institutional arrangements to create a mutually beneficial knowledge transfer process between Johannesburg and Addis Ababa.
The objective for the activity is to provide a practical and achievable plan for the implementation of the JAAPP. The plan will also include endorsement from the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Council, the City Government of Addis Ababa, and identification of counter-funding and detailed applications for one or more programme grants, depending on the outcomes of the preparation activity. The underlying context for the JAAPP is the strengthening of ‘communities of practice’ between leading African cities, as part of the continent’s initiatives on state and local government transformation, and capacity building.
(1) Prioritisation of key areas for support from Johannesburg by Addis Ababa delegation, including formulation of areas of technical assistance and outputs in relation to implementation of the CDS;  (2) Exchange visit by delegation from Addis Ababa (up to seven delegates) to City of Johannesburg to discuss support areas with counterparts, and jointly identify skills and expertise match from Johannesburg to meet Addis Ababa’s requirements, defining management and counterpart arrangements, resource availability and constraints;  (3) Exchange visit by delegation from City of Johannesburg to Addis Ababa (up to seven delegates) to carry out in-situ assessment of Addis Ababa situation and resources, and to develop and agree joint work programme, structure and operational arrangements for the JAAPP, and programme timescale and phasing;  (4) In Addis Ababa, consultation with all key government, donor and other stakeholders in the transformation process of that city;  (5) Design of final activity plan, work programme, budget and timescale for the implementation of the JAAPP.
Expected Impacts and Results
The impact of this activity will be to initiate commitment and forward planning by both cities in anticipation of the JAAPP, including the identification of clear political and officer responsibility, securing any wider political approval and initiation of formal contacts and information sharing.