As global populations and urban economies expand, managing cities and providing opportunities for all citizens is essential to national prosperity, international progress, and stability.



Most solutions are well known: Clear and consistent national policies, strong and stable institutions, accountable and well-resourced local governments, universal access to essential services, an inclusive approach to development, and well-informed and engaged citizens. However, most rapidly-urbanising cities have neither the resources nor the authority to deliver their mandates.



To help cities of all sizes achieve these goals, the Cities Alliance promotes long-term programmatic approaches that support national and local governments to develop appropriate policy frameworks, strengthen local skills and capacity, undertake strategic city planning, and facilitate investment. Successful cities engage meaningfully with their citizens, and they recognise and promote the role of women.




Cities Alliance is a global partnership fighting urban poverty and supporting cities to deliver sustainable development. To manage its activities, the Cities Alliance operates a multi-donor fund with UNOPS as host and Trustee.


Currently 29 diverse members that provide strategic direction, contribute to the financing of the Fund, and engage in advocacy and operational activities to realize sustainable development.


We enhance the well-being of urban populations by delivering innovative, multi-sectoral solutions to urban poverty.


The Cities Alliance seeks to improve the lives of 60 million urban poor across 200 cities in 20 countries by 2030. To be a leading agent for urban change by supporting and implementing comprehensive programmes in countries and cities where it matters most. We leverage the collective expertise of our partnership to catalyze urban transformation at a global level.





Greg Munro, new Director of Cities Alliance

Dr Greg Munro is the Director of Cities Alliance. He has a background in Public Health, local government, and has wide international development experience having worked as a senior local government official in South Africa, as a long-term consultant to a World Bank project supporting three large Global Fund programmes in Lesotho, and based in Kenya, leading capacity development for government and civil society across multiple countries in Eastern and Southern Africa within the UNAIDS technical support facility. He subsequently joined the international NGO sector where he led capacity development for civil society across 40 countries and managed significant global development contracts, supporting some of the most marginalised and vulnerable sectors of society.

In 2016 Greg joined the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) as Secretary-General. In this role he led the organisation in meeting the challenges of localising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, delivering a comprehensive programme for CLGF’s members in promoting local democracy and decentralisation in the 54 Commonwealth nations, and advocating with partners on key issues such as decentralisation and sustainable urbanisation. Greg has worked with many stakeholders in the urban and local government area, also participating in the Global Task Force for Regional and Local Government since 2016.  Greg is an Honorary Lecturer at the Africa Centre at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. In February 2021 he was appointed as Director by the Board of Cities Alliance.


Cities Alliance has a unique and diverse membership of 29 organizations that provide strategic direction, contribute to the financing of the Fund, and engage in normative and operational activities.

The governance of the Cities Alliance includes an Assembly of members, a Management Board, and a Secretariat. The current President of the Cities Alliance Assembly is Aníbal Gaviria Correa, Governor of Antioquia, Colombia. The current Management Board is chaired by Clare Short, former UK Cabinet Minister for Overseas Development.

CA Members 2022
    • France
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • South Africa
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Uganda
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
    • C40
    • CLGF
    • ICLEI
    • Metropolis
    • UCLG
  • Civil Society
    • AVSI
    • Habitat For Humanity
    • Reall
    • Slum Dwellers International
    • WIEGO
    • International Institute for Environment and Development

    • IHS of Erasmus University

    • UNICEF
    • UN Habitat
    • UNCDF
    • The World Bank 

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.



Poverty reduction and upgrading of informal settlements will not be possible unless cities are productive and efficient and capable of providing the poor with economic opporunities to build their assets and incomes

Nelson Mandela, Patron of the Cities Alliance 'Cities Without Slums' Initiative