Towards more climate-resilient, liveable and productive urban development in Africa.

What is the UMDF?

The Urban and Municipal Development Fund (UMDF) is an African Developement Bank trust fund which provides direct support to cities, and facilitates the Bank’s work in and with cities in order to mobilise funding and technical assistance, develop partnerships and manage “upstream” city engagement, project identification and preparation (pre-investment).

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We currently support more than 30 urban development projects accross Africa

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News

From the 5th till the 7th of February, the municipal and county's teams gathered in Kisumu for a 3-days workshop dedicated to urban project prioritization
Kisumu started identifying high potential urban infrastructure projects Representatives from the local and national governments gathered to discuss an action plan to identify transformative urban projects. This workshop marks the third phase of the African Cities Program (ACP) of the African Development Bank (AfDB). From the 5th till the 7th of February, …
Kigali started its City Diagnostic as a new member of the AfDB’s African Cities Program During a “city profiling” workshop, representatives of the national and local governments gathered with development partners to build a precise diagnostic of Kigali. A first step in the support process for this municipality, as a member of the African Cities Program (ACP) of the African Development …
Closing 2023 with Denmark and Spain as new UMDF contributors In 2023, with the five-years mission extension, the Fund experienced a significant progress in its funding: global contributions surged from USD 5.3 million to USD 53.5 million for the 2023 - 2027 period. Between December 2022 and December 2023, the NDF contribution escalated from USD 4.5 million …
At the African Investment Forum, leaders commit to catalyse investment in cities as engines of the continent’s economic growth African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday pledged greater commitment to the development of cities and stressed the need for increased investment and autonomy for municipalities, the continent’s engine for economic growth. The Bank chief spoke at a high-level forum for mayors …

Programs

African Cities Program

By joining the African Cities Program, a city benefits from comprehensive and long-term support by the AfDB Urban and Municipal Development Fund in the areas of planning, governance and capacity …

Project Preparation Window

The support for project preparation is another key service provided by the UMDF, in partnership with local and national governments. It aims to accelerate the identification, preparation and …