2013 was an eventful – and highly unusual – year for the Cities Alliance, with our relocation to Brussels and move to UNOPS as trustee.This year’s Annual Report is also unusual; it covers a period of 18 months, from 1 July 2012 through 31 December 2013 as we move away from the World Bank’s fiscal year reporting and adopt UNOPS’ calendar year reporting.

Highlights include clear Country Programme results, including the formal launch of the Burkina Faso Country Programme in November 2013. In Uganda, Ghana and Vietnam, Cities Alliance-funded consultation, policy and planning initiatives have directly informed and provided direct and indirect support to more than US$500m in planned infrastructure investment from the World Bank. The Cities Alliance also made significant progress in preparing a strategy to guide our work programme in Africa, as well as a results-based performance monitoring system.

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