Cities Alliance is a global partnership improving the lives of urban populations by delivering integrated, citywide, and innovative solutions to urban poverty in cities where it matters the most. Over the past 19 years, Cities Alliance has awarded more than 400 grants totaling over $110 million in more than 80 countries, addressing a range of themes including urban poverty, local governance, and climate change.
Omidyar Network is supporting Cities Alliance to encourage innovation in the promotion of tenure security and property rights in Africa’s informal urban settlements. Micro Funds for Community Innovation will address the nexus between the issue of property rights, Africa’s growing young population, and its capacity to innovate and deploy modern technologies. The innovation fund will be run through a micro-grant facility targeting tech-savvy entrepreneurs, micro enterprises, innovators, community-based organizations and local NGOs, and stimulate the use of simple, affordable, accessible innovations to secure property rights.