Cities Alliance is the global partnership for poverty reduction and the promotion of cities in sustainable development.
Cities Alliance currently has a representative global membership of over 30 full and Associate members. They comprise six constituencies:
For our current membership, please see Our Members.
What we do
Cities Alliance believes that enabling national policies, strong institutions, well-resourced and accountable local governments, and informed and engaged citizens are essential for local and national prosperity.
To achieve this, Cities Alliance support is long-term, programmatic and focused on strengthening local skills and capacity. All Cities Alliance activities are judged by long-term results and outcomes.
How we work
The Cities Alliance partnership works through four business lines:
Recent strategic initiatives
The Cities without Slums Action Plan
The first act of the Cities Alliance after its establishment in 1999 was to produce the Cities Without Slums Action Plan, which created a proposed target of improving the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by the year 2020—the first time such a measurable target had been set in the international development arena.
South African President Nelson Mandela agreed to serve as patron of the Action Plan, which was subsequently incorporated into the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000 as Target 11 of the Millennium Development Goals. (More about the Cities Without Slums Action Plan.)