Governance Structure

In accordance with its Charter and Standard Operating Procedures, the governance and organisational structure of the Cities Alliance includes the Assembly, the Management Board, and the Secretariat.

> The Assembly

> The Management Board

> The Secretariat


The Assembly

The main function of the Cities Alliance Assembly is to serve as an effective global platform where a broad range of Cities Alliance members and partners will meet to engage on the main urban development issues. Members of the Assembly are grouped into six constituencies:


> National governments;

> Inter-governmental and Multi-lateral Institutions, International or Regional Financial Institutions and Development Banks;

> Associations of Local Governments;

> Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organisations;

> Private Sector and Foundations; and

> Universities, Research Centres and Knowledge Networks.


The Assembly is chaired by an individual of global standing, to be selected by the members every three years. The current President of the Cities Alliance Assembly is Aníbal Gaviria Correa, former Mayor of Medellín, Colombia.


The Management Board

The Management Board is responsible for decision making for the partnership. The board has a three-year term and comprises a maximum of 15 members. It is chaired by an independent and neutral chair, who can be selected from amongst Cities Alliance members or – for the first time – from outside of the Cities Alliance membership. 

The current Management Board (2016 - 2019) is chaired by Clare Short, former UK Cabinet Minister for Overseas Development.

Members of the Board:]


> AVSI Foundation

> Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)

> Germany (Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development)

> Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)

> IHS of Erasmus University

> Omidyar Network

> Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

> South Africa (National Department of Human Settlements)

> Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)

> Switzerland (Swiss State for Economic Affairs and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation)

> Uganda (Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development)

> United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

> United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat)

> United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

> The World Bank

> UNOPS, the host and trustee of the Cities Alliance, is an ex-officio member.


The Secretariat

The Secretariat, located in Brussels, Belgium, carries out the Cities Alliance Work Programme and manages its day-to-day operations.  A primary function of the Secretariat is to actively facilitate the participation of members in the activities of the organisation. It also provides appropriate services to its Members, and generally facilitates the work of the partnership.