Cities and Climate Change in Africa (CICLIA)

Cities and Climate Change in Africa (CICLIA) is a program managed by the Agence française de Développement for preparation of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in Sub-Sahara Africa cities. CICLIA proposes to bridge the existing gap between policy-making and actual financing and implementation of low-carbon infrastructure projects.

Topic Period Budget
Climate-friendly growth
01.12.2016 - 31.12.2022
CHF  3’150’000

Cities concentrate half of the world?s population and the bulk of economic activities. According to the International Panel on Climate Change, they account for 76% of energy-related global greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, the need to mitigate climate change will increase along with the rising energy consumption of growing cities. With this in mind, in the framework of a momentum on pan African joint action on climate change, African local governments have started committing themselves through concrete actions. CICLIA contributes to this effort by supporting the preparation of low-carbon projects.


CICLIA overarching aim is to support local authorities in turning urban climate strategies into actual urban projects with climate co-benefits. It does so by accompanying local governments in the implementation of low-carbon and climate-resilient urban strategies into actual investments. CICLIA expected impact is that participating cities develop low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure on a priority basis

Medium-term outcomes

Municipal authorities adopt climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for urban development

Link to urban low-carbon projects financing is established

Strengthened capacities of municipal authorities in implementing climate-oriented investment measures


Expected results:  

Comprehensive urban climate change strategies are approved

Proof of financers? interest in considering investments in low-carbon infrastructure projects is available

Technical assistance programs are carried out

Participating cities benefit from peer2peer experiences

Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
  • Agence française de développement

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’150’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    14’271’500
Project phases Phase 1 01.12.2016 - 31.12.2022   (Current phase)