Innovation for Transformation
The Catalytic Fund (CATF) is a Cities Alliance global funding instrument which provides grant support for innovative projects that strengthen and promote the role of cities in poverty reduction and in sustainable urban development.
How the CATF Works
Since its launch in 2012, the CATF has funded 31 innovative projects in 48 cities in 32 countries, disbursing USD 6.1 million in grant funding. It has issued three thematic calls for proposals: Migration, Know Your City, and Youth in the City, with one open call.
These projects have catalysed urban transformation processes, created partnerships among urban development actors, and leveraged funding. Some are being scaled up within a country or integrated into national policies.
While most CATF projects are still ongoing a number of the projects are showing some exciting results, including:
Safetipin is a mobile phone app that uses crowdsourcing to predict safety for women in cities. Cities Alliance supports the extension of SafetiPin to collect data at a scale where it is meaningful at a city level and build Safer Communities in New Delhi, Nairobi and Bogotá. SafetiPin is partnering with various local government institutions in the respective cities and reaching out to private businesses. So far, the project has collected and mapped its first data on the three cities.
The Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform (CMAP)
CMAP shares skills and technologies that allow peopl