CICLIA (CIties and CLimate In Africa)

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)


CICLIA is a EUR 12 million project preparation facility funded by the European Union, SECO and AFD with the objective of supporting 20 to 25 cities in launching urban low-carbon & resilient infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. For each supported city, the main outcome of CICLIA studies is feasibility studies and other due diligence documents which make the project “bankable” for an international financing institution such as AFD to finance it. Managed by AFD, the facility has 3 component:

  • Component 1: Promoting city climate planning (city climate strategy, sectorial masterplan designs)
  • Component 2: Preparing low-carbon and resilient urban infrastructure projects (pre-feasibility, feasibility studies, Complementary studies of climate change impact on the size and design of infrastructure projects, preliminary and detailed designs studies)
  • Component 3: Technical assistance/Capacity building before and during project implementation.

Assistance Criteria

  • Project implementable in 3-5 years
  • Project with a climate co-benefit, aligned with the Paris Agreement and integrating gender issues
  • First concept note and/or pre-feasibility study prepared by the city
  • Project expected financing plan should be more than 5 M€ using financial tools such as loans, guarantees, and grants
  • Potential environmental and social risks and expected measures to reduce and/or mitigate them are well comprehended with a solid management framework
  • No tender related to works and works supervision is launched
  • A project coordination team is appointed by the local authority



From EUR 50,000 to 750,000, depending on the project needs.

Support Type

  • Grants
  • Technical Assistance


Project Stage

  • Concept/design/scoping
  • Feasibility
  • Implementation


  • Renewable Energy
  • Water, Sanitation, and Waste
  • Transportation/Mobility
  • Low Carbon Technology (ITC/Open Data)
  • Urban Public and Green Space
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Land Use and Nature-based Solutions
  • Adaptation and Resilience
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