O Earth Institute é um órgão da Universidade de Columbia e iniciou este projeto:
A idéia é ajudar cidades africanas a se estruturarem em termos de políticas públicas e política de desenvolvimento urbano e assim atrair investimentos externos, gerar empregos, e alcançar os MDG’s
“To assist selected mid-sized cities across sub-Saharan Africa, located near the Millennium Villages, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The project focuses on policy analysis impacting foreign direct investment (FDI), with a view toward creating employment, stimulating domestic enterprise development and fostering economic growth. In addition, the MCI will help each Millennium City to design its own integrated City Development Strategy. The MCI will draw upon, and strengthen, the MDGs work already underway by adding a focused urban-based component.
Overall, the Initiative will demonstrate, through its research and policy analysis, that more FDI can be attracted to regional urban centers in Africa, with the resulting employment and economic growth effects. The urban development strategies produced by and for the Millennium Cities themselves will apprise national governments and their donors of each city’s priorities and chart a path toward their realization. These City Development Strategies, as well as a MCI Handbook chronicling the project’s processes and best practices, will serve as templates for the replication and scaling of the Initiative to other similarly underserved urban settings across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.
Legal a idéia, não?