The Global Cities Fund for Inclusive Pandemic Response
The Global Cities Fund (GCF) for Inclusive Pandemic Response is an initiative to respond to the unmet needs of cities as they support migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people (IDPs) during Covid-19.
The GCF provides direct financial and technical support over one year to cities from low-to-middle income countries to implement projects related to public health, livelihoods, and inclusive social services.
Through its inaugural five cities, the GCF is on track to collectively improve the lives of over 5,000 migrants, refugees, IDPs, and other marginalized city residents in Barranquilla, Colombia; Beirut, Lebanon; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Lima, Peru; and Mexico City, Mexico.
Samer Saliba, Director of City Practice
None of this would be possible without the impactful and inspiring local actions of our inaugural city grantees. Their progress represents the potential of countless other cities.
The purpose of this progress report is to tell the stories of the GCF’s first five city grantees. While they’re just getting started, we hope these five cities can inspire our international colleagues to view city governments as equal partners on issues of urban migration and displacement and to unlock their potential to improve the lives of the millions of urban migrants and displaced people around the world.
We look forward to continuing our work with you in realizing the promise of the GCF and supporting city governments in achieving their core mandate of serving all their residents regardless of where they come from.