We improve the lives of urban populations by delivering integrated, citywide and innovative solutions to urban poverty in cities where it matters the most.



We provide technical support and grants to local and national actors to deliver policies and programmes that directly address urban poverty and gender inequality in cities.

We are a leading agent for urban change with a clear focus on secondary cities in rapidly urbanising economies, working in those countries where it matters most. We also leverage the collective expertise of our partnership to catalyse new urban thinking and solutions at a global level.


Strategic Objective

We seek to improve the lives of 20 million of the world’s urban poor and empower women in more than 60 cities across seven or more countries by 2021 as part of global efforts to implement the SDGs.