Addressing Urban Poverty in Africa through Global Partnerships:
Sister Cities International’s Sino-African Initiative (SAI) is a two-year program funded through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. SAI is designed to
address the manner in which Chinese, African, and U.S. cities can collaborate on economic development and urban poverty issues in Africa. By working with Chinese,
African, and U.S. public diplomacy networks, local municipal governments, and businesses, this initiative seeks to create strategies that ensure development and
poverty alleviation projects address community needs, safeguard human rights and safety, and promote transparent business practices and government accountability.
Denver, Kunming, and Nairobi were selected to form one of three trilateral partnerships that are participating in the Sino-African Initiative. Throughout 2013,
these three cities will collaborate on addressing urban poverty in Africa through the renovation and revitalization of Madaraka Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya. Through
this project, the Sino-African Initiative aims to foster long-term relationships and create lasting partnerships between the U.S., China, and Africa.