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Mayor of Freetown Yvonne Aki Sawyer wins this year’s Bloomberg Global Mayors Challenge

by Alhassan Lamin Kargbo

Yvonne Aki Sawyer, the Mayor of Freetown City Council has won this year’s Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge award alongside 14 other mayors. 

The Bloomberg Global Mayors Challenge is an annual competition that supports and spreads ‘ the most promising ideas of different cities. Winners of this year’s competition are being recognized for designing the boldest and most ambitious urban innovations during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Winning ideas for the competition addresses one or more issues around economic recovery & inclusive growth, health & well-being, climate & environment, and gender equality.  

Recipients for this year’s award will also receive one million dollars each, in addition to some technical support for over three years. According to a social media post by Yvonne Aki Sawyer, this award is in recognition of Freetown’s ambition and inventiveness to sustainably finance the growth of trees in the city. 


Other recipients are Amman, Jordan; Bogotá, Colombia; Butuan, Philippines; Hermosillo, Mexico; Istanbul, Turkey; Kigali, Rwanda; Kumasi, Ghana; Paterson, New Jersey, USA; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Rochester, Minnesota, USA; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Rourkela, India; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Wellington, New Zealand.

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