Our reach

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2,500 cities and regions committed to sustainable urban development.

cities & regions apart
of our network
years of making
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ICLEI has put ‘urban’ firmly on the sustainability agenda, working with, and effectively advocating for local and subnational governments in the global arena for over 30 years.

ICLEI Africa continues to enlarge its footprint, reaching over 450 cities and regions in 53 countries across the continent. We work with cities and regions across the various development agendas, aligning with African and global policies, and contextualising our work within the realities of our continent. We influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.


ICLEI Africa’s history 


The beginning

The ICLEI Africa Secretariat began its operations in 1995 in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Our first move

We moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2001.


Our current home

Since March 2008, the Head Office of the Africa Secretariat has been located in Cape Town, South Africa.


We keep growing

On 1 October 2021, ICLEI Africa established a complementary office in Mauritius, namely the ICLEI Africa Foundation, to support and further enable its expanding services and expertise to governments across Africa. ICLEI Africa also proudly hosts ICLEI’s global Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC).


Our priority areas of engagement include:

Biodiversity mainstreaming and ecosystem services assessment

Integrated urban sustainability services

Urban planning and land-use management

Sustainable infrastructure solutions

Nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation

Climate change and resilience

Resource management and circularity

Energy solutions

Disaster risk reduction and management

Just transitions, equity and voice

Climate and development finance

Systems approaches for decision-making

Integrated urban water management and sustainable sanitation solutions

Urban nature, health and well-being

Economic and social development

Urban food systems and health