Cities Alliance

City Development Strategy (CDS)

A City Development Strategy (CDS) is a tool that helps a city harness the potential of urbanization through strategic planning. It is an action-oriented process, developed and sustained through participation, to promote equitable growth in cities and their surrounding regions to improve the quality of life for all citizens. 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.

Priority Areas for Intervention

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.