Urban Ecosystems

MCI focused its multiple lenses in undertaking this work through the disciplines of urban planning, urban design and architecture, the environmental sciences and rule of law, as we helped enable each municipality to fulfill its unique potential organically, in humane and sustainable ways, as envisioned by the citizens and urban communities themselves.

MCI’s integrated approach to assisting severely under-resourced cities in their efforts to become more sustainable comprised of five steps:
1) examined the adequacy of such essential social infrastructure as housing, water, sanitation, transport, energy and ICT systems;
2) consulted with a broad array of local stakeholders to identify and prioritize the most urgent gaps and needs;
3) analyzed and devised innovative, low-cost, long-term solutions to specific challenges;
4) worked with local officials to estimate the costs of filling these critical gaps and to plan and draft proposals to finance the phased implementation of the desired infrastructure upgrades; and
5) supported cities in their outreach to national government, development partners and the private sector, to mobilize the resources for this implementation.