City Development Strategies (CDS)

The city’s role as an engine of economic growth has become more important as the world becomes increasingly urbanised. It is critical for cities to be strategic about their investments and growth in order to capitalise on opportunities.

A City Development Strategy is a tool that helps a city harness the potential of urbanisation. It also enables a city to develop a coordinated, institutional framework to make the most of opportunities. And, perhaps most importantly, a CDS gives residents a chance to have a voice in the future of the place where they live.

The Cities Alliance supports cities in preparing city development strategies that link their economic growth and poverty reduction objectives, often including citywide slum upgrading strategies.

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Examples of City Development Strategies
Urban Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy: City of Douala and its Greater Urban Area
   Nationwide city development strategy programme in the Philippines