JWP Equitable Economic Growth in Cities

Inequality in cities around the world is on the rise. While cities are widely considered to be important engines of economic growth, more must be done to ensure that growth is inclusive and sustainable.

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Cities that Work for All Residents


Today, more and more attention is being paid to the challenges of rising inequality and unsustainable growth patterns in development. However, little has been done to explore and promote the potential of cities to foster sustainable, equitable economic growth.


With its diverse membership and wide network of partners, the Cities Alliance is uniquely well positioned to fill this knowledge gap.


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 Our Joint Work Programme (JWP) on Equitable Economic Growth works globally and locally to identify and facilitate knowledge and concrete interventions that achieve equitable economic growth in cities. It focuses specifically on supporting equitable access to public goods and services by all citizens and formal and informal businesses.

Why public goods and services?

Municipal goods and services are essential to reduce inequalities and ensure inclusive economic growth. Equitable access – through effective provision, inclusive distribution and fair pricing – directly improves the social and economic well-being of citizens and facilitates decent and productive employment. It also enables a vibrant and productive private sector – supporting investments, job creation and the commercial strength of formal and informal businesses. 

The Joint Work Programme Approach 

Recognising the needs and capacities of cities and local governments, the JWP works with development partners to produce global knowledge, facilitate policy dialogues and support city-level diagnostics and policy recommendations. The goal is to promote economic growth that benefits ALL citizens.


The Joint Work Programme implements its partnership approach through three components:
1. Global Policy Dialogue: Structured global policy dialogue to explore and address the role of local public goods and services in stimulating growth and reducing inequalities in cities.
2. Generating Global Knowledge: Addressing key knowledge gaps by producing peer-reviewed global knowledge products to inform practitioners and policy makers at the global, national and local levels.
3. Equitable Economic Growth Campaign Cities: Facilitating local partnerships in selected cities in partner countries, supporting the promotion of equitable access to public goods and services based on local needs, capacities and priorities.