CIM is the human resources recruitment and placement organisation for German Development Cooperation. It is a joint operation of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH – German Technical Cooperation – and the International Placement Services of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA). Founded in 1980, CIM is largely financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); but other ministries, state and parastatal institutions, non-governmental organisations and the private sector also participate in CIM programmes.
CIM is supporting CDIA through the Integrated Experts Programme, CIM links up partner country organisations needing qualified employees with highly qualified experts from Germany and other European Union countries – quickly and unbureaucratically. By doing so, CIM paves the way for know-how transfer to developing, transition and emergent countries.
The Cities Alliance is a global coalition of cities and their development partners committed to scaling up successful approaches to poverty reduction. The Alliance brings cities together in a direct dialogue with bilateral and multilateral agencies and financial institutions. Alliance members promote the developmental role of local governments and help cities of all sizes obtain more coherent international support. By promoting the positive impacts of urbanisation, the Alliance helps local authorities plan and prepare for future growth. The Alliance helps cities develop sustainable financing strategies, and attract long-term capital investments for infrastructure and other services.
The Alliance provides matching grants in support of:
- City development strategies (CDS) which link the process by which local stakeholders define their vision for their city and its economic growth, environmental and poverty reduction objectives, with clear priorities for actions and investments;
- Citywide and nationwide slum upgrading in accordance with the Alliance’s Cities Without Slums action plan (MDG Target 11), including promoting secure tenure, access to shelter finance and policies to help cities prevent the growth of new slums; and
- Sustainable financing strategies for cities to attract the long-term capital investments needed for infrastructure, including improving accountability for service delivery and demonstrating stable revenue streams to more effectively leverage domestic capital.
UN-HABITAT is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
UN-HABITAT’s strategic vision is anchored in a four-pillar strategy aimed at attaining the goal of Cities without Slums. This strategy consists of advocacy of global norms, analysis of information, field-testing of solutions and financing. These fall under the four core functions assigned to the agency by world governments – monitoring and research, policy development, capacity building and financing for housing and urban development.
UN-HABITAT’s programmes are designed to help policy-makers and local communities get to grips with the human settlements and urban issues and find workable, lasting solutions. The organization’s mandate is outlined in the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206. UN-HABITAT’s work is directly related to the United Nations Millennium Declaration, particularly the goals of member States to improve the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by the year 2020, Target 11, Millennium Development Goal No. 7, and Target 10 which calls for the reduction by half of the number without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
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