The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) is an international information network that serves primarily as a forum for the exchange of exemplary city poverty reduction policies and programmes. We would like to encourage members and non-members alike to use this website and the resources of our network to share those experiences in their fights against poverty that have had durable results and- considering the diversity of city situations and the particular obstacles faced by people living in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) – can be replicated with success in other cities.

You will find below a number of such exemplary city poverty reduction policies and programmes, from both the North and the South and with objectives ranging from slum electrification to “participatory budgeting”. Each case study includes practical information on the aim of the policy or programme, the process of establishing projects to support that aim, the costs, the partners involved, the results achieved and obstacles encountered. The specific obstacles and successes of these city projects and programmes indicate the practical connections among the many aspects of urban poverty. Consequently, you will find in these cases that poverty reduction policies and programmes focusing on one aspect of poverty have positive results on other aspects.

Together these cases also demonstrate how municipalities can be a powerful and effective practical force in the global fight against poverty, and the way that cities substantially contribute to accomplishing the time-bound and measurable goals and targets for combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women outlined in the United Nations Millennium Declaration.

WACAP encourages both members and non-members alike to use this website and the resources of our network to share with others best practices and local experiences that have brought positive results in addressing urban poverty, improving basic services, the environment and peoples’ range of choices in their communities. Below please find links to a number of such case studies presented by cities in both the North and the South. We would welcome receiving additional noteworthy submissions for consideration that you would like to share with us.