The City Prosperity Programme (CPP) is a collaborative effort between International City Leaders (ICL) and UN-Habitat with the financial support of Shahr Bank. The CPP aims to promote innovative approaches to urban governance and management which will assist city leaders to guide their cities towards economically, socially, politically and environmentally prosperous urban futures. It supports reinforcing local capacities to increase prosperity through systematic measurement of policy outcomes linked to improvements in investments in urban planning and design interventions and the promotion of a variety of technical solutions for improving the functionality of the city for achieving sustainability.

The CPP is based on the City Prosperity Initiative (CPI). The CPI is an innovative approach to city measurements developed by UN-Habitat. It consists of an Index which is accompanied by a conceptual matrix, the Wheel of Prosperity. They are designed to support cities in developing baseline data on a number of indicators which together assist in assessing the state of prosperity in a given city. The CPI measures prosperity across six dimensions – productivity, infrastructure, quality of life, equity and social inclusion, environmental sustainability and governance and legislation. The baseline enables policy interventions in order to enhance urban prosperity in the broadest sense in a holistic and integrated manner.

The City Prosperity Initiative has a double function. At first, it serves as a platform for global comparability in which cities can assess their situation comparing their rate and present performance with other cities around the world using a set of similar indicators. Secondly, it acts as a strategic policy tool where the data and information conforming the index are used to track progress and deficiencies along the six dimensions of prosperity – infrastructure, productivity, quality of life, equity and inclusion, environmental sustainability and governance.

The CPP is composed of six projects that are integrated and mutually reinforcing. The projects are:

1) City Prosperity Index Global Ranking;

2) CPI Promotion and Reporting;

3) City Prosperity Best Practices;

4) The Mayoral City Prosperity Fellowship;

5) International Conference on Urban Economy and Municipal Banking;

6) the Global Fund for CPP.

1)      City Prosperity Index Global Ranking

The City Prosperity Programme will support the development of UN-Habitat’s CPI into a more robust global ranking system. The ranking system will not only provide indices and measurements; it will also enable city authorities and the general public to identify opportunities and potential areas of intervention for their cities to become more prosperous. The evaluation potential of these indicators provides opportunities for further investment and growth, while encouraging cities to be internationally competitive vis-à-vis other cities.  Investments made in year one and two of this Project will greatly enhance the number and range of indices and indicators used, as well as data gathering from the relevant to cities as appropriate to prosperity-oriented public policy-making.

2)      CPI Promotion and Reporting

The focus of this Project is to promote and expand the engagement of cities in the CPI in different world regions. Promotion of the CPI will be based on those cities and world regions that have expressed an interest in joining and through collaboration with national, regional and international federations and organizations of cities. In addition to facilitating collaboration and exchange of information between cities, this Project will also support the publication of local and national City Prosperity Reports.

3)      City Prosperity Best Practice

This project aims to create a dialogue to shape the criteria for best practice identification and selection; additionally, it will create a database on best practices for city prosperity. Best practices should be able to demonstrate measurable improvements in each of the six dimensions of the City Prosperity Initiative that contribute to shaping prosperity and sustainability.

4)      The Mayoral City Prosperity Fellowship

The Mayoral City Prosperity Fellowship will be a new and unique international recognition of the importance of city leaders’ innovation and leadership towards city prosperity. The establishment of the Mayoral City Prosperity Fellowship with its significant institutional and financial recognition will bring a unique and much needed focus to the importance of the role of mayors in the 21st century. It will provide opportunities for an exchange of innovations between mayors and other senior municipal officials and a broad network for outreach and engagement. It will contribute to placing cities and local authorities in the global arena of sustainable urban development. Three Fellowships will be awarded annually.

5)      International Conference on Urban Economy and Municipal Banking

The Project on urban economy and municipal banking will ensure that the data being generated by cities will lead to concrete actions towards urban prosperity and sustainability. Numerous cities in the world are in critical need of financial management tools and strategies. The International Conference on Urban Economy and Municipal Banking will be developed with the expertise of Shahr Bank to enhance the capacities of cities leaders for better financial management for the implementation of the action plans developed from the analysis of their City Prosperity Indexes.

6)      Global Fund for CPP

The Shahr Bank supported Global Fund for CPP will assist CPP members in implementing the outputs of their CPP such as policy reforms and implementation of action plans. It will also facilitate a deeper dialogue on enhancing municipal financing and banking.