Sustainable Urban Development Project Investment Pipeline Facility – The Cities Investment Facility



The proposed Cities Investment Facility (CIF) is a pioneering investment platform combining partners from the private and public sectors, to catalyse investments that will help achieve the urban dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The platform will mobilise US$500 billion for hundreds of SDG compliant municipal- and UNHabitat originated urban development projects in emerging and frontier markets. The CIF will target priority sectors in the post-COVID19 world such as affordable housing; informal settlement upgrading; water and sanitation infrastructure; urban mobility; and waste management. The facility follows the UN mandate to Leave No One Behind, and takes a whole-of-society approach when preparing projects. The blended finance structure of many of the projects is designed to catalyse and derisk low return projects in order to make a significant contribution to achieving the SDGs by 2030.


Assistance Criteria

Proposals are evaluated based on their Sustainable Development Goals impacts and Environment, Social, and Governance factors.



Support amount is dependent on project requests.

Support Type

  • Technical Assistance


Project Stage

  • Local Government Capacity Building
  • Concept/design/scoping
  • Pre-feasibility


  • 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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