Cities Alliance-World Bank Joint Work Programme Signals New Partnership on Africa
The Joint Work Programme will be used to support a range of governments, from middle-income countries like South Africa to lower-income countries such as Mauritania.
The Cities Alliance Consultative Group approved support of $920,000 to the Joint Work Programme developed between the Cities Alliance and the World Bank's Africa Region Urban and Water Unit (AFTUW).
The World Bank has adopted a bold new approach to support decentralisation and a systems of cities approach, both of which are very consistent with the goals of the Cities Alliance as reflected in its new Charter.
The new Joint Work Programme will be used to support a range of governments, from middle-income countries like South Africa to lower-income countries such as Mauritania.
“This Joint Work Programme will help build the synergies between the World Bank investments and the learnings from communities, cities and governments across Africa,” said Cities Alliance Sr. Urban Specialist Julian Baskin.
The programmatic approach reflected in the Joint Work Programme was facilitated by the new Business Model adopted by the Consultative Group, and will also form a cornerstone of the new focus on Africa requested by the Consultative Group.
The Secretariat will now seek to build upon this new partnership with AFTUW by systematically engaging with other Alliance members active in Africa.