AFDis supporting the Municipality of Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa, to ensure previously disadvantaged populations have access to new infrastructure and basic services such as water, electricity, housing and transportation.

Cape Town’s territorial development strategy is set out in two strategic and urban planning documents: its Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and its Spatial Development Framework.

The IDP, an essential tool for planning and urban planning at the municipal level over 5 years, aims to combine the various national sectoral policies at the local level with cross-cutting actions and to integrate in one place all dimensions of local development. The goals are to make Cape Town a prosperous city, providing efficient and accessible services to all, and to serve its citizens with a well-managed and well-managed administration.


AFD will provide the Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality with global budget support to its IDP in the form of a direct loan, accompanied by technical cooperation. The latter will consist of:

  • close monitoring of the community, its financial situation and management, its territorial development strategy and the main related public policies;
  • an in-depth dialogue and technical cooperation on policies deemed a priority by the City and the AFD, such as water and sanitation, urban restructuring  and social housing.



The projects aims to:

  • Promote sustainable and integrated urban development;
  • Increase access to basic infrastructure on a local level, and especially to transportation, water and sanitation;
  • Foster better integration of previously disadvantaged populations in the urban fabric, especially via urban redevelopment policies;
  • Foster large South-Africa cities autonomy and improve management of public services.

The project’s expected economic, social and environmental impacts are far-reaching, and include:

  • Increase in population life expectancy with the creation of 22,000 jobs per year;
  • Improvement of access to basic services for disadvantaged populations, especially water, decent housing, with the  rehabilitation of 25% of informal housing districts;
  • Creation of 9,000 social housing units per year, and improvement of public transportation supply and urban redevelopment and regeneration;
  • Reduction of greenhouse gases, water losses and consumption, as well as urban ecosystems preservation.
Project start date
Project end date
15 years
Duration of funding
2 384 420 000
ZAR soit
200 000 000
Financing amount
City of Cape Town

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