Sustainable Cities Platform

Project completed

The availability and quality of urban infrastructure and related services constitute an essential basis for enhancing competitiveness, reducing poverty and environmental and climate change impacts.

Country/region Period Budget
South Africa
01.12.2018 - 30.11.2023
CHF  9’000’000

The Sustainable Cities Program, managed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), will support selected municipalities in choosen countries to mobilize private sector investements and solutions, which will help to close the financing gap for climate relevant infrastructure.


1) increase non-sovereign and private sector investments for sustainable and innovative urban infrastructure and 2) demonstrate and replicate innovative investment models for municipal infrastructure projects to the private sector and ultimately to increase access to and improve the quality of urban infrastructure.

Medium-term outcomes

Implemented strategic planning of sustainable urban infrastructure and private sector participation in urban infrastructure service delivery

Increased capacity to design and deliver a pipeline of bankable infrastructure services

Increased pipeline of feasible and bankable infrastructure projects of cities

Increased knowledge of national governments and cities in sustainable urban infrastructure development and private sector funding models

Improved enabling environment for municipal infrastructure projects and private sector participation


Expected results:  

Conducted strategic advisory services to assist cities in the long-term planning, prioritization and realization of urban infrastructure strategies

Conducted targeted transaction advisory support to individual urban infrastructure projects with high development impact and private sector participation

Developed policy recommendations, raised awareness and shared knowledge regarding sustainable urban infrastructure development and private sector participation in infrastructure delivery

Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Development cooperation
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    9’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    13’585’000
Project phases

Phase 1 01.12.2018 - 30.11.2023   (Completed)