Urbana and Zomba: Improving Quality of Life in Urban Southeast Africa

Contributed by: Councilman Dennis Roberts of Urbana, Illinois Several years after receiving a grant to address urban poverty through water, health, and sanitation projects, Urbana, Illinois continues to help its sister city Zomba, Malawi reach its full potential through projects that improve the lives of Zomba citizens. The relationship between Urbana and Zomba began in 2008. Two years later, Urbana was awarded an African Urban Poverty Alleviation Program (AUPAP) grant to address local health problems in sister city Zomba as well as promote peace and prosperity through ...

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Is your city government doing its part to support citizen diplomacy? The Mayor of Albuquerque is.

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- Contributed by Randy Trask, Director of the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Trade Alliance When someone makes the decision to run for Mayor, they’re not taking on a job role as much as becoming the central problem-solver of a community. Due to the fact that more than 80% of America’s population is found in urban areas, mayors and their city governments have never been more important when it comes to economic development, fighting poverty, improving education, and the list goes on. When a city resident has a problem, they don’t call their Congressman or the President ...

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Best Moments from the Sister Cities International 61st Annual Conference

This year’s conference was one for the books. From the beautiful setting of Virginia Beach to our compelling keynote speakers, everyone had a wonderful time connecting with the SCI network on the shared topic of citizen diplomacy and strengthening local programs. Read below for the best moments from the conference, and be on the lookout to register for next year’s conference in Aurora, Colorado. Opening Ceremony and Parade of Flags The first day of the conference began with an annual tradition: the Sister Cities International Parade of Flags. Led by mounted patrol, ...

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