A New Governance Structure for a Truly Global Organisation
In November 2014, the Cities Alliance adopted a new governance structure that includes an Assembly, a Management Board, and the Secretariat. It also opens up the partnership to a range of new members in order to better represent the changing framework of international development aid.
In addition, the Cities Alliance activities will no longer be limited to countries on the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee list of aid recipients. The partnership will continue to make specific efforts to increase the focus on least developed countries and secondary cities, while mobilising the expertise of middle and higher income countries.
The new governance structure is the culmination of a series of reforms undertaken by members that began with a new business model in 2009, followed by a revised Charter in 2010 and a move to UNOPS as hosting platform in 2013. It replaces the former Consultative Group, Executive Committee and Policy Advisory Forum.
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 the main urban development issues.
The Assembly will be open to new constituencies, including the private sector, foundations, universities and knowledge institutions – potentially bringing important new stakeholders into the partnership to better represent the changing dynamics of international aid. This process will be managed through the creation of a standing Membership Committee.
In addition, there are no more distinctions between national government members. While governments had previously been divided into “developed and developing” or, more recently, “urbanising or supporting” governments, they now will constitute a single constituency: national governments.
The Assembly is chaired by an individual of global standing, to be selected by the members. It also takes over the function of the Policy Advisory Forum (PAF), which has been abolished. Instead, the Assembly may appoint Sr. Policy Advisors to advise the Assembly, Board and Secretariat for a mandate of three years, renewable once.
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.
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.