About the Consultative Group

The Consultative Group – the Alliance's board of directors – is responsible for setting the Alliance's long-term strategy, approving its annual work programme and budget, and reviewing achievements.

The Consultative Group is composed of financial contributors to the Cities Alliance Trust Fund and the political heads of the major global organisations of local authorities who have pledged their commitment to achieving Alliance goals. Prospective financial contributors may serve as Associate Members for a period agreed to by the Consultative Group. The Consultative Group is co-chaired by the Vice President, Private Sector Development and Infrastructure, the World Bank; and the Executive Director, UN-HABITAT.

Consultative Group meetings are held annually in connection with a global Public Policy Forum designed to share the lessons learned from experience and agree on policy orientations and standards of practice in areas related to the Alliance's goals. The Consultative Group has also formed an Executive Committee, made up of a subset of its members, to provide guidance to the Secretariat.

A small Secretariat based in Washington, D.C. carries out the mandate of the Cities Alliance and manages its operations. The Secretariat screens and evaluates project proposals in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Consultative Group.


Consultative Group Members as of September 2009
The Consultative Group includes representatives of the following:

 Slum Dwellers
 Local Authorities
 Multi-Lateral Organisations
 Associate Members


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