Case Studies

Land Value Capture instruments for Green Resilient Infrastructure benefits: A framework applied in Cali, Colombia

Building resilient infrastructure is one of the major challenges cities face due to urbanization rates and climate change, while financing these investments is an additional challenge. However, land value capture can provide alternative and local finance sources. GAMA WASH sector prototype demonstration

The Ecological Sequestration Trust has been working in Ghana in partnership with The Cities Alliance as part of the Future Cities Africa Programme launched in early 2015, supported by the UK Government’s Department for International Development. The Programme supports African cities to anticipate and minimise future challenges in terms of climate, environment and natural resources, giving them the tools they need to undertake better planned, more participatory urban development.


Building Resilience through integrated water management in Bangalore, India

Bangalore, in southern India, has been rapidly growing over the past few decades from a population of 1.65 million in 1971 to approximately 8.5 million in 2011. Despite many economic gains in Bangalore, the city suffers from chronic shortages of basic services such as energy and water and severe traffic problems. In addition, the natural environment in and around Bangalore has been degraded, reducing the ecological sustainability and foundation for resilience in the city.

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Durban, South Africa - Empowering Street Traders Through Urban Disaster Risk Management

Durban Skyline

The east coast city of Durban is South Africa’s third largest city with a population of about 3.5 million. Durban is a commercial and transport hub, and has the busiest port in Africa. Since the decline of key manufacturing industries in Durban, informal employment in the municipality, renamed eThekwini in 2000, has been increasing.

In 2014, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) and Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) launched a pilot project, the Phephanathi Project (“phephanathi” means “be safe with us” in isiZulu) aimed at empowering informal traders to be part of city planning through participatory disaster risk management. The intent was to collaborate with city of officials and thereby build a foundation to develop a more resilient city for all.

Mbale, Uganda - Enhancing urban resilience through community participation

Mbale, Uganda

Mbale Municipality is located in eastern Uganda in Mbale District. Mbale is the location of the district headquarters and is the central town and commercial centre. It is located 245 kilometres from Kampala and about 50 kilometres from Uganda’s border with Kenya.

With support from Cities alliance and UN-Habitat, the Government of Uganda piloted the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) in Mbale municipality. Implementation involved many stakeholders including the central government, municipal government and civil society organisations representing the urban poor in Uganda including ACTogether, Slum Dwellers International and the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda. The STDM was linked to earlier work by the government-led Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda (TSUPU) program which was launched in 2010 in partnership with the Government of Uganda and the Cities Alliance.