Human Cities Coalition is a convener and catalyst for urban change. A coalition committed to pioneering business models for urban infrastructure development that includes and serves the needs of the urban poor.

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Making Urban Development Inclusive

Our approach

Rapid urbanisation is a persistent and urgent global trend that calls for new approaches to managing urban growth. Governments in developing countries cannot do it alone and do not have the resources to deliver basic services to the informal sector. HCC believes private capital should be injected in large-scale urban infrastructure programmes for inclusive development and that by supporting crowding in private capital this funding gap can be closed.

As such, our approach focuses on inclusivity and actualises that through our triangulation approach to stakeholder participation:

Although others are also working in urban development from an inclusivity angle, we are a unique public-private partnership in that we want to stimulate systemic change by making inclusivity the norm in procurement processes for large urban infrastructure projects that affect slums.

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Cities are expected to absorb almost all future population growth, accommodating 3.5 billion new urban dwellers by 2050.

Rapid urbanisation calls for a new approach. We initiated the Human Cities Coalition because only united - companies, communities, governments and civil society together - we can address the complex problems of the growing megacities.

AkzoNobel, founding partner HCC
Pilot cities

Jakarta & Manila

We are in the second year conducting our piloting work in Jakarta, Indonesia and Manila, The Philippines. HCC works in these two megacities because they face enormous slum challenges and large master planning processes for urban infrastructure projects that directly affect those living in slums and informal settlements.

Given that all the actors, elements and processes for successful master planning are not well-integrated in Manila or Jakarta, these cities offer us a challenging opportunity with which to effect systems change. The strategic selection of two pilot cities that lie along river deltas is based the water management expertise available from our Dutch partners – however, as we grow, we have ambitions to scale to different cities in all regions of the world.


From blue-chip companies, top universities, grassroots organisations, research institutes, local and national governments and local community representatives, HCC is comprised of 20 core partners (and 150+ stakeholders) that represent the full range of interests involved in urban infrastructure development.

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