UN-Habitat's Cities Investment Facility is inviting urban development proposals to join its pipeline


Cities Investment Facility (CIF): UN-Habitat's Sustainable Urban Development Project Pipeline & Preparation Facility

The Cities Investment Facility (CIF) invites governments and urban project developers to submit investable urban development projects to join the CIF pipeline, with selected projects to be showcased at the 11th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) in 2022.  

CIF is a multi-stakeholder initiative centered around unlocking greater capital flows to urban impact projects, by supporting their processes of ideation, design, financing, and implementation, using a series of partnership-based instruments.

For further information regarding CIF and its pipeline, please find the details in the attached brochure and, on the CIF website, -

Selected projects will actively participate in all 3 pillars of CIF in the following ways: 

  • Projects will be showcased on the Cities Investment Portal (CI Portal), which allows city officials to reach out to a global audience of investors and access a community of stakeholders at the ideation stage.
  • Projects will work with the Cities Investment Advisory Platform (CIAP), an initiative providing advisory services on upstream project preparation, bankability, and SDG-impact.
  • Projects will access the Cities Investment Vehicles (CI Vehicles), which are brokers or funds that provide diverse and blended sources of capital to enable cities to begin implementing their projects.

Governments (National/State/Local), project promoters and developers working on public infrastructure projects, UN Regional offices, and key CIF focal points around the world are also invited to submit sustainable urban infrastructure projects for consideration in this call.

Please be advised that the proposals received between September 7th and October 8th, 2021 11:59 PM East Africa Time (EAT) - UTC+3:00 would be considered for the CIF Pipeline. All details regarding the open call, including eligibility, next steps, the project selection criteria, and the project submission form can be found at this link.

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