Pudence Rubingisa, the outgoing Mayor of Kigali city, recently spoke to UNDP Local Action about the city’s remarkable success in the Global Mayor’s Challenge. This recognition is a testament to Kigali’s dedication to urban innovation and improving the lives of its residents. The award acknowledges Kigali city’s efforts to enhance informal settlements, transform communities and foster resilience in the face of adversity.

It represents a significant opportunity for Kigali city to further impact the lives of its residents. Mayor Rubingisa emphasized the importance of the grant in facilitating water collection and reuse in informal settlements, as well as implementing smart waste management practices in vertical buildings. The focus on sustainable and efficient waste management is crucial for preserving the environment and ensuring the well-being of the community.

The municipality has already made significant progress in the planning and design stages and aims to commence implementation by December 2024. The success of the pilot phase in housing initiatives has set the stage for expanding these efforts to other neighborhoods, further amplifying the positive impact on residents’ lives.

As a city committed to achieving SDG 11, it seeks to share its experiences with other Mayors and municipalities, encouraging them to participate in the Global Mayor’s Challenge. Looking ahead, the municipality aspires to continue leading the way in urban innovation and make further strides in creating positive change for its residents and the global community.

Kigali city hopes to inspire other cities to pursue ambitious urban innovations and contribute to a more sustainable future.

The Global Mayors Challenge is a competition launched in 2021, aimed to recognize groundbreaking urban innovations that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.