Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Sustainable Cities & Communities

Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. With the number of people living within cities projected to rise to 5 billion people by 2030, it’s important that efficient urban planning and management practices are in place to deal with the challenges brought by urbanization.

Many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity without straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing, declining infrastructure and rising air pollution within cities.

Rapid urbanization challenges, such as the safe removal and management of solid waste within cities, can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. One such example is an increase in municipal waste collection. There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Africa Development Interchange Network

ADIN 1985 Douala Cameroon G

Africa Faith and Justice Network

AFJN 1983 Washington DC USA G

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute

ALLPI 1990 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E gj

Africa Nomads Conservation

ANC Nairobi Kenya G

Africa on the Move

AFRiMOVE 2018 Kampala Uganda J

Africa Safe Water Foundation

Lagos Nigeria G f

Africa Transport Policy Program

SSATP 1987 Washington DC USA E g

Africa Travel Association

ATA 1975 Washington DC USA F

Africa Union of Architects

AUA 1981 Tunis Tunisia D

Africa Unite

AU 2001 Cape Town South Africa G


1999 Pretoria South Africa D

African Aeronautics & Space Organisation

AASO Dammarie-les-Lys France G

African Biological Safety Association

AfBSA 2007 Nairobi Kenya D

African Bird Club

ABC 1994 Cambridge UK F

African Center for Science and International Security

AFRICSIS 2012 Accra Ghana G

African Centre for Community and Development

AFCOD Limbé Cameroon J

African Community Resource Center

ACRC 1984 Los Angeles CA USA G

African Conservation Centre

ACC Nairobi Kenya G

African Conservation Foundation

ACF 1999 London UK G f

African Conservation Tillage Network

ACT 1999 Nairobi Kenya F

African Conservation Trust

ACT 2000 Pietermaritzburg South Africa G

African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1968 T g

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G

African Diaspora Heritage Trail Foundation

ADHT Foundation Paget Bermuda N f

African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services

AFAAS 2005 Kampala Uganda F

African Forum for Urban Security

AFUS 1998 F

African Foundation for Urban Management

Dakar Senegal G f

African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Center

AHRLC 1988 Ibadan Nigeria F

African Human Rights Heritage

AHRH 1992 Accra Ghana G

African Institute for Community-Driven Development

Khanya-aicdd 1998 Johannesburg South Africa D j

African Institute for Policy Analysis and Economic Integration

AIPA 1992 Cape Town South Africa N j

African King Foundation

Newark NJ USA N f

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Maritime Safety and Security Agency

AMSSA 2007 J

African Network of Women Shelters

ANWS 2012 Kigali Rwanda F

African Parks

AP 2000 Bryanston South Africa F

African Plant Nutrition Institute

APNI 2019 Ben Guerir Morocco D

African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC 1995 Nairobi Kenya E

African Rainforest Conservancy

ARC 1991 New York NY USA G

African Regional Centre of Technology

ARCT 1977 Dakar Senegal E g

African Relief in Action

ARIA International 1995 Houston TX USA G

African Rights Initiative International

ARII 2007 Madina Ghana G

African Safari Lodge Foundation

ASL Foundation Parkview South Africa F f

African School of Architecture and Town Planning

1975 Lomé Togo F g

African Trade Insurance Agency

ATI 2000 Nairobi Kenya E gyt

African Travel and Tourism Association

Atta London UK N

African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection

2014 T g

African Union for Housing Finance

AUHF 1983 Parkview South Africa D

African World Heritage Fund

AWHF 2006 Midrand South Africa F g

African Youth Safe Abortion Alliance

AYOSA 2014 Mzuzu Malawi D