Local Economic Acceleration through Partnerships (LEAP)

A Joint Venture project of the World Economic Forum, DFID, and the Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme (JWP) on Equitable Economic Growth in Cities (2018-2020), this project aims to support global and national dialogues addressing the obstacles to investment in rapidly growing cities (in Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Bangladesh) by creating avenues for public-private dialogue and cooperation as well as connecting members and partners of the JWP with industry leaders and global and national experts.The objective of the project is to: • Form partnerships that foster better understanding and effective action towards promoting equitable access to city level public goods and urban infrastructure (e.g. roads, transport, health, education and open spaces) and positively impact the growth trajectory for the city: reducing inequalities, enabling job creation and sustainably increasing productivity. • Raise awareness, share knowledge and improve the quality of policy advice and dialogue on how to enable widespread access to public goods, services, and urban infrastructure for equitable economic growth in cities.   The project output will include:Output cluster 1: Global public-private policy dialogue on Equitable Economic Growth in Cities - capitalising on the convening power of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative’s Steering and Advisory Board and the Joint Venture Partners at the global level to create a joint agenda on equitable economic growth in cities. Output cluster 2: Joint knowledge and advocacy products - producing cutting edge knowledge products around the key topics and questions concerning the Joint Venture. Output cluster 3: Local Economic Acceleration Partnerships (LEAPs) - Establishing LEAPs at the national level in selected countries to build dialogue platforms between governments, Cities Alliance members, and international and national private sector representatives.

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