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Dakar Launches West Africa’s First Municipal Bond

On 15 January 2015 the city of Dakar issued its first municipal bond aimed at raising financing for initiatives to improve the quality of life for the city’s poor. It is the first-ever municipal bond in Senegal and West Africa, and a significant step for Dakar’s efforts to finance and provide essential infrastructure and services for all of its residents.

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New Governance Empowers Cities Alliance

At its Annual Meetings in Ethiopia in November, the Cities Alliance adopted a new governance structure, empowering the the partnership and setting it up for a strong future. The new structure also opens up the partnership to a range of new members in order to better represent the changing framework of international development aid.

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Cities Alliance Welcomes Swiss SECO to the Partnership

SECO sees Cities Alliance as an important strategic partner for networking, engaging global stakeholders, coordinating development initiatives, and obtaining knowledge on best practices. On an advocacy level, SECO also sees the partnership as a way to contribute more actively in policy dialogue at all levels.

Addis Ababa. Susanna Henderson/Cities Alliance

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Ethiopia’s Road to Middle-Income Status Runs Through Its Cities

The Cities Alliance has given the green light to develop and leverage financing for an Ethiopia Country Programme. The initiative will support key secondary cities in establishing an urban land management system to enable inclusive city growth and promote gender equity.

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West Africa’s First Municipal Bond Enables Pro-Poor Investment in Dakar

It is the first-ever municipal bond in Senegal and West Africa, and a significant step for Dakar’s efforts to finance and provide essential infrastructure and services to benefit the poor. More »

Youth in Port Harcourt, Nigeria Find Their Voice

With its innovative advocacy and communication tools, the Urban Futures project mobilises youth in a very difficult social context and catalyses processes that transform the city. More »