SCI Sino-African Initiative 2012-2014

Foreword

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S ister Cities International’s Sino-African Initiative was one of the first trilateral programs of its kind, involving cities with vastly diverse cultures and backgrounds, in the midst of different steps in their ladders of development. Despite language barriers, time zone obstacles, and municipal governance differences, ten cities in China, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, and the United States came together to implement projects in water, health, and sanitation, and improve their own communities. I saw firsthand the truly moving effort of these cities – from the beginning discussions of each partnership to the construction and operation of completed results. I commend the inspiring work of the Sino-African Initiative project members from Asheville, Denver, Haizhu District, Kunming, Nairobi, Osogbo, Raleigh, Urbana, Xiangyang, and Zomba. They have boldly set an example and shown us that through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation, our communities will connect globally, and thrive locally.

1 Sister Cities International Overview and SAI Introduction

2 Lessons Learned and Best Practices

4 Nairobi – Denver – Kunming

8 Osogbo – Asheville/Raleigh – Xiangyang

12 Zomba – Urbana – Haizhu District

16 Conclusion

17 Acknowledgements

Mary D. Kane President and CEO

Sister Cities International

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