The LoCS4Africa 2020 programme has been expertly curated to enable the important conversations necessary for real action. We will create neutral platforms where open and transparent conversations will occur between groups that rarely engage directly. Young entrepreneurs could brainstorm innovative ideas with national government ministers, and a private sector CEO could meet with an African Mayor to discuss business ideas for her city. We will create fertile ground for the necessary relationships to form and deepen; relationships that lead to a real understanding of the opportunities for unlocking local climate finance. Relationships between diverse stakeholders – built on good rapport and trust – are vital for new and cutting-edge solutions to be trialed and ultimately up-scaled. We will balance the need for urgent action with the time needed for relationship building, by hosting conversations that matter.