Partnerships for Urban Development: Cities Alliance

Cities Alliance (CA) is a global alliance of cities and their development partners committed to improving the living conditions of the urban poor through advocacy and the promotion of pro-poor city development strategies and cities without slum initiatives that develop citywide and nationwide slum upgrading programs. ADB joined CA in 2002 to become a more effective development partner for reducing urban poverty in the Asia and Pacific region. CA membership makes this possible by creating opportunities for

  • access to CA's collective body of knowledge, experience, lessons learned, and good practices in urban poverty reduction
  • participation in and contribution to the global forum for the advocacy of urban poverty issues in the Region
  • leveraging of ADB's technical assistance for the urban sector with cofinancing grants from CA for city development strategies and cities without slum activities linked to the operations program


CA approved the following ADB-sponsored projects with grants from the CA trust fund:

A Metro Manila 'Cities Without Slums' Strategy ($500,000, approved in February 2006) provides catalyst support for pro-poor urban renewal in Metro Manila by developing a strategy and an institutional framework linking Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, local government units, financing institutions and nongovernment organizations through a 'Cities Without Slums' initiative, operationalizing the 15 year strategy for a Slum Free Manila.
Urbanization and Sustainability in Asia ($75,000, approved in November 2005) prepares case studies on best practice approaches to urban region development from twelve countries in Asia as a modest contribution to improving the governance of urban and regional areas to achieve more sustainable development outcomes. The book aims to provide examples of what have been successful, examples, which may be replicable in part, or in whole, to other regions and countries.

Urban Upgrading Strategy in Yangzhou, PRC ($298,450, approved in July 2005) identifies suitable ways of upgrading existing settlement structures in the urban center of Yangzhou Municipality. The strategy targets several lines of municipal government investment, including in infrastructure, modernization of public social service facilities, and subsidies for private modernization of the housing stock.

City Development Strategies-An Enabling Platform for Good Governance and Improving Service Delivery in the Philippines ($541,100, approved in July 2005) supports the efforts of the League of Cities of the Philippines to institutionalize the City Development Strategy process across all cities in the country. Among the expected outputs of this project is a financial framework for cities and enhanced capital investment plans of at least 10 cities.

City and Regional Development Strategies in Azerbaijan ($500,000,approved in April 2005) establishes a pilot program in 3 cities in 3 economic regions of city- and regional-level data collection and analysis, initiate participatory planning processes, strengthen strategic planning capacity at the municipal level, and build new development partnerships.

Integrated Approaches to Poverty Reduction-A Cities Without Slums Initiative in the Philippines ($500,000, approved in 2004) parallels ADB's $30.6 million Development of Poor Urban Communities Sector Project (DPUCSP) in the Philippines. The initiative will assist local governments, initially eight cities, in preparing Cities Without Slums Strategies and help design a continuing program of assistance following on from the DPUCSP.  

Cities Alliance Consultative Group meeting. As a member of CA, ADB participates in Cities Alliance Consultative Group meeting* held annually to review the progress achieved in reducing urban poverty and to agree on policy orientations and standards of practice related to CA goals, primarily on poverty reduction.

International and regional conferences. ADB has regularly been invited to participate in conferences where cities and donor agencies exchange information and know how in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.