About Cities Alliance

Cities Alliance is the global partnership fighting urban poverty and promoting the role of cities

 

As global populations and urban economies expand, managing cities and providing opportunities for all citizens is essential to national prosperity, international progress, and stability.

 

Cities Alliance

 

Most solutions are well known: Clear and consistent national policies, strong and stable institutions, accountable and well-resourced local governments, universal access to essential services, an inclusive approach to development, and well-informed and engaged citizens.  However, most rapidly-urbanising cities have neither the resources nor the authority to deliver their mandates.

 

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To help cities of all sizes achieve these goals, the Cities Alliance promotes long-term programmatic approaches that support national and local governments to develop appropriate policy frameworks, strengthen local skills and capacity, undertake strategic city planning, and facilitate investment.  Successful cities engage meaningfully with their citizens, and they recognise and promote the role of women.

 

Cities Alliance

 

IDENTITY

Cities Alliance is a global partnership fighting urban poverty and supporting cities to deliver sustainable development. To manage its activities, the Cities Alliance operates a multi-donor fund with UNOPS as host and Trustee.

MEMBERS

Currently 29 diverse members that provide strategic direction, contribute  to the financing of the Fund, and engage in advocacy and operational  activities to realize sustainable development.

MISSION

We enhance the well-being of urban populations by delivering innovative,  multi-sectoral solutions to urban poverty.

VISION

The Cities Alliance seeks to improve the lives of 60 million urban poor  across 200 cities in 20 countries by 2030. To be a leading agent for urban  change by supporting and implementing comprehensive programmes in countries and cities where it matters most. We leverage the collective  expertise of our partnership to catalyze urban transformation at a global level.

 

Cities Alliance

 

Poverty reduction and upgrading of informal settlements will not be possible unless cities are productive and efficient and capable of providing the poor with economic opporunities to build their assets and incomes
Nelson Mandela, Patron of the Cities Alliance 'Cities Without Slums' Initiative

United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS)

 

The Cities Alliance is hosted by the United Nations entity, UNOPS, enhancing our reach, productivity and impact and ensuring delivery to a high standard and integrity through UNOPS systems.

 

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Cities Alliance has a unique and diverse membership of 29 organizations that provide strategic direction, contribute to the financing of the Fund, and engage in normative and operational activities. 

The governance of the Cities Alliance includes an Assembly of members, a Management Board, and a Secretariat. The current President of the Cities Alliance Assembly is Aníbal Gaviria Correa, Governor of Antioquia, Colombia. The current Management Board is chaired by Clare Short, former UK Cabinet Minister for Overseas Development. 

 

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Brazil

Chile

France

Germany

Ghana

South Africa

Sweden

Switzerland

Uganda

United Kingdom

United States

C40

CLGF

ICLEI

Metropolis

UCLG

Avsi

Habitat For Humanity

Reall

Slumdwellers International

WIEGO

UNICEF

UN-Habitat

UNCDF

The World Bank Group

Ford Foundation

Omidyar

International Institute for Environment and Development

IHS of Erasmus University

Poverty reduction and upgrading of informal settlements will not be possible unless cities are productive and efficient and capable of providing the poor with economic opporunities to build their assets and incomes
Nelson Mandela, Patron of the Cities Alliance 'Cities Without Slums' Initiative

Governance Structure

In accordance with its Charter and Standard Operating Procedures, the governance and organisational structure of the Cities Alliance includes the Assembly, the Management Board, and the Secretariat.

 

The Assembly

The main function of the Cities Alliance Assembly is to serve as an effective global platform where a broad range of Cities Alliance members and partners will meet to engage on main urban development issues. Members of the Assembly are grouped into six constituencies:

 

  1. National governments;
  2. Inter-governmental and Multi-lateral Institutions, International or Regional Financial Institutions and Development Banks;
  3. Associations of Local Governments;
  4. Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organisations;
  5. Private Sector and Foundations; and
  6. Universities, Research Centres and Knowledge Networks.

 

 

 

Anibal Gaviria

 

The Assembly is chaired by an individual of global standing, to be selected by the members every three years. The current President of the Cities Alliance Assembly is Aníbal Gaviria Correa, current Governor of Antioquia and former Mayor of Medellín, Colombia.

 

 

The Management Board

The Management Board is responsible for decision making for the partnership. The board has a three-year term and comprises a maximum of 15 members. It is chaired by an independent and neutral chair, who can be selected from amongst Cities Alliance members or – for the first time – from outside of the Cities Alliance membership. 

 

Clare Short

 

The current Management Board is chaired by Clare Short, former UK Cabinet Minister for Overseas Development.

 

 

Members of the Board:

  1. AVSI Foundation
  2. Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)
  3. Germany (Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development)
  4. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)
  5. IHS of Erasmus University
  6. Omidyar Network
  7. Slum Dwellers International (SDI)
  8. South Africa (National Department of Human Settlements)
  9. Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)
  10. Switzerland (Swiss State for Economic Affairs and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation)
  11. Uganda (Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development)
  12. United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
  13. United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat)
  14. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  15. The World Bank
  16. UNOPS, the host and trustee of the Cities Alliance, is an ex-officio member.

 

The Secretariat

The Secretariat, located in Brussels, Belgium, carries out the Cities Alliance Work Programme and manages its day-to-day operations.  A primary function of the Secretariat is to actively facilitate the participation of members in the activities of the organisation. It also provides appropriate services to its Members, and generally facilitates the work of the partnership.

 

 

 

 

 

Poverty reduction and upgrading of informal settlements will not be possible unless cities are productive and efficient and capable of providing the poor with economic opporunities to build their assets and incomes
Nelson Mandela, Patron of the Cities Alliance 'Cities Without Slums' Initiative
Poverty reduction and upgrading of informal settlements will not be possible unless cities are productive and efficient and capable of providing the poor with economic opporunities to build their assets and incomes
Nelson Mandela, Patron of the Cities Alliance 'Cities Without Slums' Initiative