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Public-private collaboration for urban resilience

Monday, 11 January 2016, 15:00 - 16:00 CET

Both cities and the private sector wish for closer collaboration, but are faced with various obstacles in the path. Cities are challenged with understanding bidding processes and proposals, while the private sector struggles with complex or inflexible  government structures within the city their operate. Bridging the gap is not easy, but has proven to be effective in achieving sustainability and resilience targets for cities like Tshwane, South Africa. This webinar will explore the relationship between the public and private sector in building urban resilience, highlight success factors in effective public-private partnerships (PPPs), and share examples of how cities can best utilize PPPs to enhance their resilience. The City of Tshwane will showcase a tangible success story in working with the private sector and OECD will present a city case study. 

Olga Horn gave a brief introduction to the topic and discussed the challenges cities often face in working with the private sector to enhance resilience. Download her presentation.

Mercedes Mathebula shared tangible examples and lessons learned in working with the private sector in the City of Tshwane, South Africa. Download her presentation

Setsuko Saya introduced the OECD Framework for Resilience in Cities, presented the city of Kyoto's long-term vision, and explained how the private sector could be better integrated in the process of building urban resilience. Download her presentation

Speaker biographies: 

Mercedes Mathebula
, Sustainability Specialist: Adaptation and Resilience, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Pretoria, South Africa

Mercedes Mathebula has over 20 years of experience in local government sustainability work. Her background is in Environmental Health and Environmental Management. Until December 2013, Ms. Mathebula was responsible for Environmental Policy and Legislation within the Environmental Management Department of the City of Tshwane, where one of her outstanding achievements was being a Sustainable Environment and Natural Resources thematic leader during the period of the development of the City’s 2055 Vision.

Ms. Mathebula drew all her knowledge and insights on sustainability principles from her qualifications, which include a Master of Business in Leadership (MBL) from the University Of South Africa’s (UNISA) School of Business Leadership (SBL), a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Environmental Health from the Tshwane University of Technology, a National Diploma in Environmental Health from the Tshwane University of Technology.

Setsuko Saya, Head of Division, Regional Policies for Sustainable Development, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD, Paris, France.

Since Setsuko Saya joined the OECD in April 2012, she has been leading policy assessments on sustainable development in cities, such as compact city policies, green growth, demographic change, infrastructure, PPP and disaster risk reduction. Currently, she is leading the project “Resilient Cities”, which propose policies to enhance urban resilience with more than 10 case study cities. Prior to the OECD, she worked at the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Further reading and links: 


Towards a Low Carbon, Resource Efficient and Climate Resilient City (Presentation at Resilient Cities 2015)

Tshwane welcomes R6bn BMW boost (Business Report Magazine)

OECD- Resilient Cities (webpage)

Innovative city-business collaboration – Emerging good practice to enhance sustainable urban development. An ICLEI and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) publication (2015)

The Resilient Cities 2015 Report