Global Cities Fund for Inclusive Pandemic Response

The Global Cities Fund for Inclusive Pandemic Response is an initiative to respond to the unmet needs of cities as they support migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people (IDPs) during Covid-19. Mayors Migration Council, in partnership with IOM, UCLG, UNHCR and UN-HABITAT, provides financial support and technical assistance to five cities to implement projects building an inclusive socio-economic response to COVID-19, with the aim to expand the Fund with additional rounds of grants in 2021 and beyond. 


The five cities responded to a call for proposals in October 2020. They were selected based on their anticipated impact, commitment from city leadership, and the likelihood of the program’s institutionalization or replication for continued support to migrants, refugees, and IDPs, among other criteria. MMC and its partners monitor and provide technical assistance on these local-level projects, both bilaterally and through collective webinars and capacity building. 

The projects plan to:

  • Barranquilla, Colombia: Expand the city's Opportunities Center to help refugees, migrants, IDPs, and other vulnerable Colombians access the labour market and strengthen their ability to earn an income for themselves, their families, and their communities.
  • Beirut, Lebanon: Purchase and operate the city’s first Municipal Mobile Health Clinic, which will provide free and non-discriminatory Covid-19 testing and other basic medical services to any individual who is unable to access these services currently, including migrants and refugees in marginalized neighbourhoods.
  • Freetown, Sierra Leone: Expand its Waste Management Micro-Enterprise program to ensure more youth living in informal settlements, many of whom are rural migrants, access the opportunity to jointly improve their livelihoods and the public health of their communities now and in the future.
  • Lima, Peru: Establish a new municipal office  addressing the needs of migrants in the Cercado de Lima district by connecting them to the City’s broader suite of healthcare, employment, and other social services.
  • Mexico City, Mexico: Expand a newly established municipal income protection program to provide direct cash assistance to internally displaced persons while connecting them to national and local social services aimed at helping them settle within the city.


To build on the Global Cities Fund, the MMC released a call to action, 22 by 2022, calling on international actors to provide at least 22 cities with the financial support they need to realize smart and inclusive projects by the end of 2022. Learn more about the Global Cities Fund and 22 by 2022 here.