Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees
The Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees responds to the unmet needs of cities as they support migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people in the face of pressing challenges, from global pandemics to the climate crisis.
What is the Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees?
The Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees (GCF) responds to the unmet needs of cities as they support migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people in the face of pressing challenges, from global pandemics to the climate crisis. By directly funding cities to implement inclusive programs of their own design, the GCF:
- Offers international donors a pipeline of vetted city-led proposals backed by strong mayoral leadership.
- Directly channels international resources to city governments, building precedents of fiscal feasibility.
- Respects the agency, authority, and capacity of city governments and their local partners to implement projects of their own design.
- Accelerates local efforts by providing city grantees with customized technical, advocacy, and networking services.
- Elevates city leadership and actions to a global audience, ensuring that global responses reflect and respond to local needs.
- Serves as a flexible, simple, and predictable funding mechanism with low overhead and high efficiency.
- Encourages collaboration and accountability between city governments and their migrant and displaced communities.
- Advances the local implementation of the Global Compacts for Migration and on Refugees, while creating a marketplace of city-led solutions ready to be scaled and replicated.
How does the Global Cities Fund work?
The GCF supports city-led interventions with average grants of US$200,000 to each grantee over a period of 18 months across a wide range of themes – from health to economic inclusion, climate migration, early childhood development, and more. Proposals are invitation- only and evaluated by a Selection Committee of subject-matter experts. The MMC and its Strategic Partners provide city grantees with customized technical, advocacy, fundraising, communications, and networking support to accelerate, institutionalize, and/or scale local impact beyond the duration of the grant.
What are the results of the Global Cities Fund?
Beginning in 2021 with a US$1 million seed investment to support five cities in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, in just a few years the GCF has become an US$8 million fund supported by five donors with a pipeline of 28 city grantees, exceeding our goal to raise funding for 22 cities by the end of 2022.
In successfully delivering their projects, GCF cities are building their own case for more direct funding to continue their actions and drive progress towards global goals. To date, 90 percent of cities who benefited from the GCF have already used our seed funding as proof of concept to independently unlock an additional investments to continue or expand their projects.
To drive momentum and transformative change, the MMC set a vision for the Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees to reach $50 million – starting with $25 million by 2025 – so it can support more cities and deepen its impact through multi-year grants and more predictable funding rounds.
By The NumbersRead Report
$8MThe GCF has grown from US$1 million to US$8 million in just over two years.
28The GCF has grown from 5 cities in 2021 to 28 cities in 2022
22+The GCF exceeded its goal to fundraise for 22 cities by the end of 2022.
90%GCF graduates are continuing their projects with external or own-source funding.
Amy Pope, Director General of the International Organization for Migration
The Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees helps fill the unmet needs of migrants and displaced people and can help turn the Global Compact for Migration into reality.
Cities addressing the needs of migrant and displaced communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jaime Pumarejo, Mayor of Barranquilla, Colombia
What came as a small grant from the GCF has become a $9M fundraising effort that has impacted lives. By providing jobs for migrants, we bolstered economic growth and supported local businesses.
Cities addressing the needs of migrant and displaced communities affected by the climate crisis.
Elizabeth K. T. Sackey, Mayor of Accra, Ghana
The Global Cities Fund is empowering us to better understand the experiences of Accra’s migrant communities, especially those in the informal economy displaced by the climate crisis.
Children and Caregivers
Cities addressing the needs of migrant and displaced children and caregivers.
Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, Italy
With the Global Cities Fund, Milan aims to improve service provision for early childhood and demonstrate cities’ ability to address human mobility in line with the Global Compacts.
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