City Prosperity Initiative


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Most indexes have been designed for national governments using country aggregates, many of which are sectoral in nature, focusing on particular dimensions of development (environment, competitiveness, governance, corruption, etc.). The CPI offers a unique and holistic view of sustainable urban development, articulating the different dimensions of city growth, in four unique ways:

  1. A Flexible Monitoring Framework

The CPI takes into account the contextual needs and particularities of cities. Although it promotes a new urbanization model that is universal (cities that are compact, resilient, socially diverse, energy efficient and economically sustainable), it recognizes the need to be adaptable to different city and country circumstances, according to diverse urbanization challenges and opportunities.

  1. A Framework that Promotes Integration

The CPI promotes integration in the implementation of a more sustainable urbanization model, in order to address the environmental, social and economic objectives of sustainability. This integration looks at the mutually reinforcing aspects of the different components of the urbanization process.

  1. An Innovative Tool based on Spatial Analysis

The CPI structure provides a wealth of new analytical tools based on spatial indicators. New indicators such as street connectivity, public space, agglomeration economies provide clear spatial distributions that help increase value judgment and support decision- making.

  1. A Multi-Scale Decision-Making Tool

The CPI’s objective is to support decision-making for multi-scale levels of government ranging from national urban policies to regional and metropolitan strategies; and city-wide interventions to sub-city districts or neighborhoods. The CPI gives decision-makers the ability to make adequate and evidence- based decisions from a territorial perspective, thus articulating different tiers of government and sectoral interventions in urban areas.

CPI as a Global Monitoring Framework for SDG Goal 11 and the New Urban Agenda

CPI in more than 300 cities around the world

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