Most cities merely cope with the consequences of rapid urbanisation instead of proactively leveraging population growth for poverty reduction and greater equality. Consequently, a negative narrative on migration and displacements persists – one that views newcomers as responsible for overcrowding, congestion, increasing exposure to hazards, and shortfalls in basic infrastructure, services, and livelihoods.

Cities Alliance supports local city stakeholders to build a narrative of inclusion and social cohesion and facilitate dialogue and cooperation between local and national authorities. Interventions introduce participatory governance approaches and ensure the representation of migrants and displaced persons in municipal planning.

In addition to participation, Cities Alliance facilitates community-driven development projects with tangible benefits for both residents and newcomers that contribute to a sense of connection and belonging.