Transitions in Action

City WORKS – Localising Global Agendas (EMG)

City WORKS is a web-based toolkit designed to support the implementation of global agendas at the local level. The process-oriented approach including 3 phases and 8 associated steps helps cities to prepare, plan and implement actions. The tools linked to the steps are designed to be easily integrated into typical planning cycles. True to the motto of leaving no one and no place behind, City WORKS actively involves all relevant stakeholders within a city and provides a global community for exchange. In this way, City WORKS is a compass for advisors and cities to address urban challenges and align local action with global agendas.


City Climate Finance Gap Fund

In an environment where resources and expertise are limited, the Gap Fund supports cities and municipalities in developing and prioritising climate-friendly plans and investments with the aim of mobilising more funding and support for implementation. The Gap Fund is aiming for a minimum of 100 million Euros in total funding. This is expected to mobilise more than 4 billion Euros in investments for urban climate action. The Gap Fund is implemented by the World Bank Group and the European Investment Bank together with GIZ.

C40 Cities Finance Facility

The C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) works with partners to help cities in the Global South develop financing solutions for finance-ready infrastructure projects that contribute to a green and equitable transformation. Throughout the project preparation process, the CFF aims to strengthen project preparation capacity in city administrations so that partner cities can independently scale up and replicate successfully financed projects. By 2025, this will leverage over USD 1 billion in funding and save over 2.5 million tonnes of CO2. Facilitating upscaling and the replication of projects supports cities to fulfil their critical role in implementing the Paris Agreement and achieving the SDGs at the local level. The lessons learnt and experiences CFF shares are shared with city governments, practitioners and policy makers to promote global systemic change in urban infrastructure.

Cities CHALLENGE 2.0

Cities CHALLENGE 2030


For the Resilient Cities Action Package 2021 (ReCAP21), GIZ’s sector programme cities joined a partnership with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) and the Cities Alliance (CA). The aim of the programme was to support selected cities in Rwanda, Bangladesh and Mauritania in recovering from the pandemic while strengthening the cities’ resilience in the long term. To achieve this goal, the three partners combined their approaches and methods in a Resilient Recovery Guide to develop common frameworks and approaches for resilient recovery that will help prepare cities to better cope with future crises.

Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative

With the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), BMZ is supporting climate-friendly, inclusive, safe and affordable mobility in cities. TUMI’s vision are thriving cities with enhanced economic, social and environmental performances in line with the New Urban Agenda, the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement. Since its launch in 2016, BMZ, together with 10 partner organisations, has provided 3.4 billion euros to finance sustainable mobility systems through TUMI. More than 28.6 million people are expected to use the improved transport systems every day. This will save around 1.88 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

PREVENT Waste Alliance – Together for a circular economy

As a ‘think and do tank’ for circular economy, the PREVENT Waste Alliance brings together organisations from the private sector, academia, civil society and public institutions worldwide. The alliance aims to advance the circular economy in low- and middle-income countries by minimising waste, eliminating pollutants and maximising the reuse of resources in the economy. Members exchange knowledge in thematic working groups on plastics, electrical and electronic equipment and organic waste. To date, eight pilot projects and three innovation programmes have been implemented in over 20 countries. The PREVENT Waste Alliance was launched in 2019 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).