World : Cities Alliance 2008 Annual Report

The Cities Alliance is pleased to announce the publication of its 2008 Annual Report. Key highlights in this year’s report include:

The growth in the number of client or country executed projects or activities, in line with the Cities Alliance new Medium Term Strategy which promotes city and country ownership of projects. Among the current active or newly approved projects, 13 percent are executed by local authority and nearly 40 percent more by a country partner. This is in contrast with the profile of grant funding during the first four years of the Alliance’s launch (FY 00 – 03), when only seven percent of projects were executed by a ;local authority and an additional 15% by a country client. Today, approximately half of Cities Alliance projects are already under country execution.

Cities Alliance members sponsored 24 new CDS and slum upgrading projects as part of the 10.4 million work programme approved during fiscal year 2008, with projects from Sub-Saharan Africa being the largest recipients of grants, receiving 19 percent of the total approved grant funding. Approximately 50 percent of funding was allocated for global and multiregional activities, focused primarily on knowledge generation and dissemination activities with CA members.

A new introductory chapter outlines the key features of the MTS, and the shift in the way Cities Alliance conducts and will conduct its business moving forward. This is followed by the usual review and analyses of Cities Alliance slum upgrading and city development strategy projects, distilling key lessons and trends emerging from the exercise. The increasingly popular Cities Alliance members’ pages follow, with most members showcasing how they have and are supporting the client ownership objectives of the new MTS. Also significant is the Alliance’s increasing emphases on monitoring and evaluation and the more systematic approach to the management and dissemination of Knowledge arising therefrom.

A particularly poignant feature in this year’s report is the special Foreword penned by the late Ghanaian Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Honourable Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, MP presenting the report, and advocating for a sustainable management of the urbanization process in Ghana and Africa as a whole. Following receipt of news of his sudden death in late September 2008, Cities Alliance penned a special tribute to the man responsible for bringing the urban debate to the fore in the Ghanaian public.

This report can be downloaded from the Cities Alliance website at here.