UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Among others, UN-Habitat is custodian agency of the Sustainable Development Goals target 11.6 (by 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management).

In order to tackle municipal solid waste management (MSWM) issues, UN-Habitat launched two initiatives: African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP) and Waste Wise Cities Campaign (WWCC), which are regional and global MSWM initiatives focusing on four key action areas: Waste Data & Monitoring; Knowledge & Good Practices Sharing; Advocacy & Education; Project Finance & Bankability Support.

Target of the initiatives are cities and local governments from Africa and all over the world, respectively. In developing countries, local and national governments often struggle to set up sustainable financing mechanisms as well as to have sufficient budget to deliver municipal solid waste management services. Therefore, some of these services are not provided, with informal settlements and low-income areas being the last to be serviced. In the context of COVID-19, the continuity of MSWM delivery is vital to ensure the well-being of residents as well as to prevent the spread of diseases. It is also essential to safeguard working conditions for waste workers, including informal ones.

Therefore, UN-Habitat is calling for Expression of Interest from Crowdfunding Platforms that mobilize funds to support local governments and other waste actors in

  • Continuing delivering MSWM services
  • Ensuring waste workers, formal and informal, can safely carry out these services

Members of the ACCP and WWCC will be informed on the 5 selected platforms, so that they can start bilateral collaborations, if they wish.

The EOI should contain, but not be limited to the following (max 1 page):

  • Overall background of the crowdfunding platform;
  • Type of activities crowdfunded by the platform;
  • Experience in crowdfunding activities;
  • Description of the crowdfunding process;
  • Certificate of registration of the platform;
  • Governance and organizational structure;

How to submit:

Please send the application by 17th April 2020 to  


Indicative Timeline:                                   


17th April 2020

Selection and communication

 22nd April 2020

Publish selected platforms

24th April 2020

ACCP and WWCC members introduced to platforms

24th April 2020



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