ICLEI is engaged in hundreds of activities in more than 3,500 cities, towns and regions worldwide.

In Africa, our projects and activities, guided by the five interconnected pathways, are designed to facilitate intergrated sustainable urban development.


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We are rooted in the principles of community-based adaption (CBA), actively bringing urban ‘communities’ together to achieve climate action at scale within African city regions.
We work with local governments to create an enabling environment to provide adequate, safe, reliable, clean and affordable access to energy to the urban poor in informal settlements through market led solutions.
We provide a platform where local governments can engage to find sustainable and equitable urban water and sanitation practices in Africa.
We work with the cities and regions in the Western Cape to consider sustainable materials, products and services that consider the environment and benefit society when procuring for public service delivery.
We support cities and regions to effectively implement local climate action by developing a “Towards 100% RE” roadmap and renewable energy projects that can attract funding
We outline a pathway for a city to transition to a low emission, green and inclusive urban economy.
We support the City of Johannesburg secure, promote, enhance and protect natural systems and build resilience towards environmental sustainability for human wellbeing and economic prosperity.
We prepare Africa to face the impacts of climate change on water resources
We enable cities, towns and municipalities to co-produce and implement disaster risk reduction strategies at the local level.
We provide city-regions with nature-based solutions for urban challenges in the Global South and integrate these into city planning and draft Local Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans.
We accelerate the implementation of building efficiency policies and programs across cities in the Global South in order to translate global expertise into action in cities.
We create spaces for reflection and intercity knowledge exchange to find innovative ways for African cities to plan in complex environments.