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The Cities Alliance Strategic Plan 2022-2025 conveys the realignment of more than 20 years of experience in fighting urban poverty and sharpens our focus on tested solutions to the unprecedented challenges that are impacting cities, their informal settlements, and most acutely, the urban poor. The Plan seeks to foster a transformative urban recovery through an ambitious vision, mission, and objective to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Over the past 10 years, most cities have become more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which disproportionately affects communities living on unsafe land.

The global Covid-19 pandemic has compounded these longstanding challenges and inequalities and massively impacted the most marginalized citizens, through income loss, lack of access to basic services, food insecurity, and increased violence against women and girls.


The Cities Alliance Partnership has a longstanding track record of supporting cities to build longer-term visions and plans for themselves.


Amid these challenges, there is also opportunity. With their density and connectivity, urban areas have always created significant prospects for socioeconomic development. The Cities Alliance approach is well-positioned to tackle those systemic challenges to transform our cities. Our broad and integrated response focuses on the medium and long term, to ensure the holistic development of cities and their informal settlements. We improve the well-being, health, and livelihoods of the urban poor by catalysing urban and social transformation processes.

Cities Alliance has a longstanding track record of supporting cities to build longer-term visions and plans for themselves. It focuses on improving living conditions for all residents, attracting investment to where it's needed, strengthening essential services, and creating housing and job opportunities for slum dwellers.

Strategic Objective
By 2025, as part of the global joint efforts to respond to the current crises, we seek to improve the lives and resilience of 28 million people among the world’s urban poor and empower women in at least 24 cities across 10 or more countries.
We improve the lives of urban populations by delivering innovative and integrated solutions to urban poverty in cities where it matters the most.
We are a leading agent for urban change with a clear focus on secondary cities in rapidly urbanising economies. We provide technical expertise and grants to local and national actors to deliver programmes that directly address urban poverty and gender inequality in cities. We also leverage the collective expertise of our partnership to catalyse new urban thinking and solutions at a global level.
Key Areas of Work

Six thematic areas support our mission and the overall objective of the Strategic Plan. The themes are interconnected and reflect the integrated reality of cities and their diverse issues:

  1. Slum Upgrading and Housing for the Poor
  2. Basic Services in Cities
  3. Resilience, Cities, and Climate Change
  4. Economy and Investments
  5. Women and Gender Equality in Cities
  6. Migration and Cities
Cities Alliance Strategic Plan 2022-2025 primary focus
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