CICLIA: Cities and Climate in Sub-Saharan Africa

Facility for the preparation of urban projects with climate co-benefits
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CICLIA : Cities and Climate in Subsaharan Africa, ease the preparation of urban projects with climate co-benefits in sub-Saharan Africa
Launched by the European Union, SECO and AFD in 2017, the CICLIA facility aims to provide support to 20 to 25 cities in sub-Saharan Africa for the preparation of resilient, low-carbon urban projects. In concrete terms, CICLIA finances urban strategies, feasibility studies and technical assistance in all sectors of sustainable cities, to assist local authorities in sub-Saharan Africa in developing projects that contribute to the fight against climate change.
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WHY CICLIA ?

CICLIA : Cities and Climate in Subsaharan Africa, ease the preparation of urban projects with climate co-benefits in sub-Saharan Africa

Half of the world’s population and a large share of its economic activity are now concentrated in cities, which largely contribute to climate change with nearly 50% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Because of their locations, often in coastal areas or along rivers, cities are exposed to rising water levels and extreme weather events ; making them particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

With their skills in the fields of real estate, urbanism, transportation, economic and social inclusion, as well as resource and waste management, cities have a crucial role to play in reducing GHG emissions. In terms of adaptation, it is estimated that 50 to 80% of the measures needed are being or are going to be implemented at the local scale : cities are therefore key players in climate change resilience.

Their role has been reinforced since the UN’s COP21 Climate Change Conference and its “agenda of solutions”. For their public urban policies to be compatible with the fight against climate change, and to define development and planning trajectories that entail lower levels of emissions, cities are now drawing up territorial climate strategies with the support of many development partners (networks of cities, foundations and financial institutions).

The operational implementation of these climate strategies in terms of concrete investments requires time, resources, and strong political support. Financing for this prefeasibility or feasibility study phase is often the missing link. In other cases, interesting projects emerge, but they do not arise from any structured climate strategy and therefore require suitable support not only during the preparatory phase, but as the project is being implemented, to ensure the maximum climate co-benefits.

In order to respond to these needs and support the climate and city momentum, AFD has launched regional support programs for local authorities to:

  • implement territorial strategies that include climate challenges
  • finance adequate technical support for carrying out pre-investment studies for climate co-benefits projects in cities
  • provide support for these projects through technical assistance during the studies or at the beginning of the project implementation

CICLIA is one of these programs for sub-Saharan Africa.

WHAT IS CICLIA ?

CICLIA support the preparation of resilient, low-carbon urban projects

Initiated by the European Union, SECO and AFD in 2017, the CICLIA facility targets 20 to 25 cities in sub-Saharan Africa to support the preparation of resilient, low-carbon urban projects.
CICLIA can be mobilized quickly to finance sectorial strategies and master plans, pre-feasibility, feasibility and design studies but also technical assistance and capacity building in all sectors of sustainable cities to assist local authorities in sub-Saharan Africa in developing projects that contribute to the fight against climate change.

  • Budget: €12.41 million (of which €10.5 million dedicated to technical studies and assistance)
  • Location: countries in sub-Saharan Africa eligible for public development aid from the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC)
  • Duration: facility funds available through December 2022

The purpose of the CICLIA facility is to:

  • plan and develop urban infrastructure with low carbon emissions and resilience to the effects of climate change
  • maximize the climate co-benefits of urban projects
  • define and disseminate national and local climate strategies for concrete investments with territorial benefits
  • reinforce the capacity of local governments to implement resilient, low-carbon urban projects

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

CICLIA is designed for local communities, national executing agencies, semi-public companies or local development companies

Eligible project leaders : CICLIA is designed for local authorities, governments or national executing agencies, semi-public companies, local development companies, etc.

Three kinds of support:

  • Component 1: support for developing local climate strategies (territorial carbon footprint, climate and urban integrated strategy) and diagnosing vulnerabilities to climate risks
  • Component 2: support for the operational implementation of urban strategies that include the climate component and the design of urban projects with climate co-benefits : prefeasibility or feasibility studies, complementary studies on the impacts of climate change, preliminary design and front-end engineering studies
  • Component 3: technical assistance to the contracting authority for the execution of the studies/projects (in the form of consulting services, decentralized cooperation or training). This can be during the preparation phase or at the start of the project implementation)

Areas of intervention : Sustainable cities (solid waste, public lighting, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency, urban networks, urban planning/organization - informal settlements, riverbanks -, natural disaster risk management, water supply and sanitation, etc.)

Future projects should:

  • meet high environmental and social standards
  • be implemented in the short term (3-5 years)
  • be of a significant size (> €10 million in grants, > €15 million in loans)

Procedure for obtaining CICLIA support:

  • The project leader should contact the local AFD agency to discuss the project and its future financing
  • Together with the local AFD office and an AFD project manager, the project leader will draw up a concept note (4 pages) presenting a summary of the context, the future project and study needed
  • The CICLIA secretariat will submit the concept note to the CICLIA steering committee (comprising the European Union, SECO and AFD) for approval
  • Once the approval is received from the CICLIA steering committee (about 10 days), AFD prepares the call for tender documentation to select the service provider in charge of the technical assistance. A contract is then signed between AFD and the service provider
  • Oversight of technical assistance is managed in close cooperation between AFD and the project leader. AFD manages payments to the service provider.

CICLIA SUPPORT STUDIES

Cape Town, South Africa

Discover the studies financed by the CICLIA facility, by component:

COMPONENT 1

Support for developing local climate strategies (territorial carbon footprint, climate and urban integrated strategy) and diagnosing vulnerabilities to climate risks
 
Support projects completed:

  • South Africa (Cape Town): climate change hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment study
  • South Africa (Cape Town): sustainable low income energy services study
  • Madagascar (Antsirabe, Toliara, Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga, Antsiranana): integration of climate change into urban planning

Current support projects:

  • Guinea (Kindia, Boké, Mamou, Labé, Faranah, N’Zérékoré, Forécariah, Boffa): inclusion of climate change into water supply master plans
COMPONENT 2

Support for the operational implementation of urban strategies that include the climate component and the design of urban projects with climate co-benefits : prefeasibility or feasibility studies, complementary studies on the impacts of climate change, preliminary design and front-end engineering studies

Support projects completed:

  • Benin (Ganvié): complementary feasibility study for the “Reinvent Ganvié” project
  • Nigeria (Kano): feasibility studies for solid waste management
  • Nigeria (Abeokuta): feasibility studies for solid waste management
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa): urban and institutional prefeasibility study and study of vulnerability in outlying neighborhoods of Kinshasa located along the Njili River
  • Uganda (Kampala): master plan and feasibility studies for the public lighting project in Kampala

Current support projects:

  • Guinea (Conakry): feasibility studies for structuring the downstream waste management sector in Conakry
  • Liberia (Monrovia):  feasibility study and a preliminary design study for the infrastructure upgrading of selected neighborhoods in Monrovia urban area
  • Cameroon (Yaoundé): feasibility studies for the “Trans Yaoundé” project (Bus Rapid Transit)
  • Central African Republic (Bangui): urban and institutional feasibility study for the urban development project near Bangui M'poko Airport
  • Burkina Faso (Bobo Dioulasso): complementary study on local food supplies to markets faced with climate risks
  • Togo (Lomé): complementary studies prior to infrastructure work in the Aképé technical landfill center
COMPONENT 3

Technical assistance to the contracting authority for the execution of the studies/project (in the form of consulting services, decentralized cooperation or training). This can be during the preparation phase or at the start of the project implementation)

Support projects completed:

  • Uganda (Kampala) : Preparation of terms of references, tendering and support to KCCA to supervise the engineering firm undertaking the Kampala street lighting master plan and feasibility study

Current support projects:

  • Guinea (Conakry): technical assistance mission with the contracting authority (ANASP) in the solid waste sector
  • Madagascar: support to start to implementation of the CatDDO project and its reform program

CONTACTS

CICLIA : Cities and Climate in Subsaharan Africa, ease the preparation of urban projects with climate co-benefits in sub-Saharan Africa

Resources

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Romain Dissaux: "in Conakry this result in a system for capturing biogas"

Romain Dissaux: "in Conakry this result in a system for capturing biogas"
Dec 2021
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Gabriel Charasse: " Bobo-Dioulasso will be particularly exposed to climate change events"

Gabriel Charasse: " Bobo-Dioulasso will be particularly exposed to climate change events"
Dec 2021
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Samuel Lefèvre: "mobilize CICLIA to support climate action in African cities"

Samuel Lefèvre: "Mobilize CICLIA to support climate action in African cities"
Sep 2021
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Valentine Monnier: "sustainable mobility means facilitating access to essential services"

Valentine Monnier: "sustainable mobility means facilitating access to essential services"
Sep 2021
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Olga Koukoui: "Kampala has strong political will to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions"

Olga Koukoui: "Kampala has strong political will to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions"
Dec 2021
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Simon Brochut: "to understand the territory of Ganvié and to identifying the risks"

Simon Brochut: "to understand the territory of Ganvié and to identifying the risks"
Nov 2021
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