Resource mobilisation remains at the heart of a city government’s organisational sustainability. With increasingly competitive and uncertain economic times, city managers need to find ways to create sustainable support for their programs and priorities. 

Across cities in the global south, municipal resource streams are often unable to keep pace with growing populations and the consequent demand for urban services. Like cities elsewhere, participating municipalities are experiencing rapid urbanisation without the commensurate increase in resources to support growing populations.

This technical paper presents mobilisation strategies for domestic and international resources to support the integration of displaced populations in the following locales: Kakuma and Kalobeyei (Kenya), Gabiley and Borama (Somalia), Arua and Koboko (Uganda), and Jigjiga and Assosa (Ethiopia).

Although it draws on resource mobilisation literature, the report tailors approaches to municipalities’ specific contexts. It helps municipalities answer the following questions:

  • How does a municipality evaluate their resource needs?
  • How do they connect with the right donors?
  • How does a city articulate its needs to potential partners?
  • How do municipalities strengthen existing partnerships in ways that support the municipality’s activities and organisational sustainability?

The paper is a companion to the peer-learning workshop on Mobilising Resources: Domestic and International Frontiers for Funding and Support organised through the CRRF Inclusive Urban Development and Mobility – Regional Network and Dialogue Action implemented by Cities Alliance through the Cities and Migration programme and financed by the European Union Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF).