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Cities Alliance. What is the Cities Alliance?. The Cities Alliance is a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development. Ownership: strong city and national government ownership.

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cities alliance

Cities Alliance

what is the cities alliance
What is the Cities Alliance?

The Cities Alliance is a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development

Ownership: strong city and national government ownership.

Alignment: should reflect domestic priorities at the national, local government, and community levels.

Harmonization: promote cooperation among CA members.

who are our members
Who are our Members?
  • Local authorities: United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Metropolis
  • Governments:Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America
  • NGOs:Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and Habitat for Humanity International
  • Multi-lateral organisations: European Union, UNEP, UN-HABITAT and the World Bank
theory of change transformation towards inclusive cities
Theory of ChangeTransformation towards Inclusive Cities

Empowered citizenry

engaged in urban development

Effective and responsive city management




Access to affordable services


of tenure and access to shelter

present situation

Adapted to the environment

Access to economic opportunities

Crosscutting issues such as gender and youth


What does the Cities Alliance support?

  • Citywide and nationwide slum upgrading programmes
  • City development strategies
  • National policies on urban development and local government
how does the cities alliance work
How does the Cities Alliance work?
  • The Catalytic Fund catalyzes urban transformation processes to promote more inclusive cities and advance collective learning.
  • Country Partnership Programmesmobilize members and partners around longer-term, programmatic interventions in selected countries for a more effective urban agenda centered on inclusive, pro-poor cities.
  • Joint Work Programmes between members and partners to distil, leverage and share knowledge climate change, the environment, and integrated urban environmental planning, etc.
accra ghana
Accra, Ghana

Source: The Dynamics of Global Urban Expansion, Solly Angel et al, 2005



Mobilize members and partners around longer-term, programmatic interventions in selected countries for a more effective urban agenda centered on inclusive, pro-poor cities.

current status
Current Status

Uganda: Municipalities of Arua, Jinja, Kabale, Mbale and Mbarara

  • CA Members: HfHi, SDI, UCLG, UN-HABITAT, World Bank
  • National and Municipal Urban Forums launched, and first part of National Urban Policy Dialogue finalised
  • Communities mobilizing in all 5 municipalities - saving groups, settlement profiles and enumerations, participation in urban forums
  • Local Governments being mobilized through the Urban Authorities Association of Uganda (UAAU) supported by ICMA
current status1
Current Status

Ghana: Greater Accra Metro Area and selected secondary cities (TBD)

  • CA Members: AFD, GTZ, Habitat for Humanity, SDI, UN-HABITAT, World Bank
  • Space provided for a national debate around alternatives to forced evictions
  • Member collaboration initiated on (i) municipal capacity building; (ii) community empowerment
  • Advocacy and awareness raising proposal being finalized
current status2
Current Status
  • CA Members: WB, WBI, UN Habitat, UCLG through ACVN, SDI through ACHR
  • Vietnam National Urbanization Review
  • Strengthen the Vietnam Urban Forum
  • Operationalising the National Urban Upgrading Strategy
  • Training for local authorities on strategic urban
  • management
  • Support for ACVN
  • Support the existing CDF network to implement and scale up small projects

Vietnam: Cities TBD

window of opportunity for urban transformation

Window of Opportunity for Urban Transformation

The Catalytic Fund (CATF)

January, 2011

catalytic fund objectives
Catalytic Fund - Objectives
  • Aims to have catalytic effects on initiating and enhancing urban transformation processes promoting more inclusive cities.
  • Aims at advancing collective know-how through the learning that can be distilled from the project experiences and shared among CA partners, CA members and beyond.
catalytic fund key characteristics i
Catalytic Fund - Key Characteristics I
  • Open twice a year
  • Competitive process
  • Application through a Concept Note
  • The grant size limited to US$50,000-US$250,000. Total Budget US$2,000,000 (FY11)
catalytic fund key characteristics ii
Catalytic Fund - Key Characteristics II
  • Sponsorship from CA Members required
  • Scope defined by the Charter
  • Support by an external evaluation panel (EEP)
  • Parallel donor coordination process
approval cycle

Grant processing

Approval Cycle

Call for Concept Notes (CN)

2 month



Secretariat approval


Selection of in-principle approved projects

EEP assessment

of CN and Donor Coordination

2 months

Request for Full

Proposal (FP)

and FP submission


timeline and how to apply
Timeline and how to apply
  • 1st Call: Open from end of January to end of March 2011 -> Selection by June 2011
  • 2nd Call: Open from July to end of August2011 -> Selection by December2012
  • How to apply: (email:
the small grant facility a window in the catf
The Small Grant Facility - a window in the CATF
  • Same CATF objectives
  • Open all year round for submission
  • Quarterly competitive selection
  • Support to CA members
  • Grant size limited to US$50,000, total budget US$300,000 (FY11).
  • Simplified process but under scrutiny for its practicability
more information
More Information

Please visit us online at

The Cities Alliance

1818 H Street, NW

Mailstop: MC 4-413

Washington, DC 20433


Tel: (202) 473-9233

Fax: (202) 522-3224