ICLEI is a global network with a bold vision for a sustainable urban future

Working with and effectively advocating for local and subnational governments in the global arena for over 30 years.​

OUR REASONS

Why join forces with ICLEI Africa?

The immense, interconnected urban sustainability challenges our world, and our continent in particular, currently face need to be tackled in an integrated, inclusive way with tenacity, boldness and proven expertise.

Our ICLEI Africa cities and regions are doing just that.

A diverse network
A diverse network
We work with all cities and regions, large and small, remote or well-connected, no matter where they are on their sustainability journey, enabling frontrunner cities and regions to connect and inspire each other.
Co-created projects
Co-created projects
We co-develop projects and programmes with our cities and regions, from conceptualisation through to implementation, and work with them to optimise finance for sustainability, while also seeking new funding.
Sustainability solutions
Sustainability solutions
We influence policy and drive local action, offering a variety of urban sustainability solutions through programmes and projects, platforms, events, research, tools and services.
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Our Members

ICLEI is the largest and oldest global association of cities and subnational governments dedicated to sustainable development.

All Members have access to a wide range of benefits
We have a diverse interconnected list of Members
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen is a city with a rich history dating back to the 15th century. Its location in the picturesque Rif Mountains of northern Morocco has helped to forge a strong resilient spirit and preserve an authentic character. Chefchaouen is now welcoming visitors from all over the world to experience its natural beauty, cultural heritage, and iconic blue-washed houses and walls.

We are dedicated to facilitating the right connections to strengthen local action and drive global change.

our projects

What we are currently working on

The immense, interconnected urban sustainability challenges our world, and our continent in particular, currently face need to be tackled in an integrated, inclusive way with tenacity, boldness and proven expertise.

Disaster Risk Reduction in African Cities

Disaster Risk Reduction in African Cities

Using the 2021 World Risk Poll results and relevant data, DRR4Africa supports three cities to screen existing risks to climate-induced hazards.
BRokering Innovation for Decentralised climate finance and Gender Equality

BRokering Innovation for Decentralised climate finance and Gender Equality

We support subnational stakeholders to access finance for locally-led and gender-responsive climate change adaptation action in Cameroon.
Supporting a Just Transition in Steve Tshwete

Supporting a Just Transition in Steve Tshwete

We are supporting Steve Tshwete Local Municipality with their transition to a low carbon, just and resilient economy.
Designing Inclusive African Coastal City Resilience

Designing Inclusive African Coastal City Resilience

We are conducting inclusive and co-created research into what climate-resilient measures can and should be implemented in coastal African cities.
Building resilience through urban natural assets

Building resilience through urban natural assets

We support local governments in Africa to integrate nature-based solutions into land use planning for increased resilience.
Transforming Africa’s Urban Food Systems

Transforming Africa’s Urban Food Systems

We address the systemic underpinnings of food insecurity and environmental impact by strengthening linkages between stakeholders in Africa and Europe.
Smart Energy Solutions for Africa

Smart Energy Solutions for Africa

We provide energy access technologies and replicable business models and generate local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion.
Training coastal cities for resilience
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Training coastal cities for resilience

We support and facilitate capacity building within coastal cities through sharing knowledge on adapting to climate change and enhancing resilience.
African Cities Research Consortium

African Cities Research Consortium

We bring together stakeholders to generate insights and evidence that will help improve the living conditions, services and life chances of all city residents.
Supporting inclusive & sustainable food systems

Supporting inclusive & sustainable food systems

We support inclusive and sustainable food systems in the rebuilding economies of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Provinces through the FoodforRebuilding project.
Investing in Urban African Food Systems
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Investing in Urban African Food Systems

We facilitate the engagement of local governments, partners, investors, financiers and food system stakeholders for investment in urban food systems.
Accelerating e-mobility in Rwanda

Accelerating e-mobility in Rwanda

We support the mitigation of climate change impacts by creating an enabling regulatory and financial environment to accelerate the transition to e-mobility.
Water Security Strategy for Johannesburg
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Water Security Strategy for Johannesburg

We co-developed the Water Security Strategy for the City of Johannesburg by defining challenges and designing remedial strategic responses.
African Circular Cities Initiative
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African Circular Cities Initiative

We developed an African approach to circular economy implementation in cities that can improve the uptake of circular ideas and practices.
One Planet City Challenge
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One Planet City Challenge

We highlight challenges and solutions for African cities while identifying options for networking and collaboration between cities and urban stakeholders.
Accelerating Circular Economy Innovation
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Accelerating Circular Economy Innovation

We accelerate circularity in the intersecting areas of food, health and climate change through an incubation programme and knowledge exchange.
Development Control Strengthening in Tanzania
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Development Control Strengthening in Tanzania

We support PO-RALG to improve urban planning and development control processes at national, municipal council and local government levels.
Alternative Financing for Municipal Embedded Generation
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Alternative Financing for Municipal Embedded Generation

We address the resource and capacity gap of intermediary cities in applying for financing of renewable energy embedded generation projects.
Scaling up & Empowering Climate Change Advocacy
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Scaling up & Empowering Climate Change Advocacy

A collective movement that enables tangible climate change action in African cities by strengthening collaboration between community groups and local governments.
Enabling African Cities for Transformative Energy Access

Enabling African Cities for Transformative Energy Access

We create an enabling environment to provide adequate, safe, reliable, clean and affordable access to energy to the urban poor in informal settlements.

We influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.​

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Bridging finance and biodiversity
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15 February 2024

Bridging finance and biodiversity

Bridging finance and biodiversity: Crucial steps for African city resilience Amidst the escalating challenges posed by climate change and biodiversity loss, African cities find themselves at a critical juncture, where the intersection of finance and biodiversity holds immense significance for resilience. With more than half the world’s Gross Domestic Product  (GDP) relying on biodiversity and … Continued

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