Supported Initiatives

EO4SD-Urban aims at providing support to 12 projects and programmes of the World Bank (WB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IABD) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).


Below, a list of all the supported initiatives is given along with an overview of the intended activities.

Global Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA) Programme

The ASA programme focuses on “Urban Spaces for City Transformation” and aims at analysing the urban planning and the improvement of public spaces in more than 10 cities. To support this WB initiative, the EO4SD-Urban provides geo-spatial data for Dhaka (Bangladesh), Karachi (Pakistan) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia), which are used for comparative spatial analyses to assess how urban spaces (parks, open spaces, waterfronts) are organised in relation to housing areas and informal settlements.

The WB DECRG pilot study supports the Rwandan Government to improve methods of land valuation. In this context, the EO4SD-Urban project provides geo-spatial data for the city of Kigali which are used in combination with cadastral maps to simulate different property values and related tax rates.

Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) Study

Urban Planning Study for Tanzania

This WB study focuses on “Impact and Effectiveness of Urban Planning on City Spatial Development” and aims at investigating the spatial development characteristics of Tanzanian cities and their use of urban plans. In such framework, 7 cities are supported by the EO4SD-Urban project, namely Arusha, Dodoma, Kigoma, Mbeya, Mwanza, Mtwara and Tanga.

The programme is part of a multi-year WB research activity and aims at testing and demonstrating a methodology for designing and systematically targeting interventions in informal settlements around the world. In this context, EO4SD-Urban products provides information about location, size and growth of informal settlements, including the time of settlement, spread, density of population and the presence of infrastructures for the city of Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Analytical and Planning Tools for Integrating Multi-Dimensional Data in Urban Slums Programme


The WB Urbanscapes Group aims to foster strong collaboration across different practice areas focused on the challenges of delivering innovative and well-designed urban spaces and places that can serve as catalysts for creating productive, livable, inclusive and vibrant cities. In the context of this activity, EO4SD-Urban supports the cities of Ramadi & Fallujah (Iraq), Bamako(Mali) and Lima (Peru).

The WB City Planning Labs is a technical assistance project supporting urban planning and the development of Municipal Spatial Data Infrastructures (MSDI) in several Indonesian cities as well as an integrated geoportal for data sharing. The EO4SD-Urban products generated for the cities of Denpasar and Semarang help improving the level of urban spatial information available for planning activities

City Planning Labs Indonesia

Metro Mumbai Urban Phase-2

The Transport Unit of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is the recipient of the WB funding for the “Metro Mumbai Urban Phase-2” Programme. Within the programme there is an interest in the provision of a holistic approach according to the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) for the planning of new metro lines to be developed in Mumbai (India). In such context, the EO4SD-Urban products provide information on the land-use/land-cover in the metropolitan area and support the monitoring of the area around the transportation corridors over time.

In line with local urban policy and Goal 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on access to clean water and sanitation to all, ADB is currently financing in Kolkata (India) both the Water Supply and Sewerage project as well as the Environmental Improvement Investment Program – Tranche 2.  In this context, EO4SD-Urban products such as Land Use/Land Cover maps, green area layers and maps of informal settlements help to better understand the changes in the urban structure required for improving current urban planning strategies

Kolkata Environmental Improvement Investment Programme – Tranche 2

Future Cities Programme

The Future Cities programme aims at harmonizing current ADB investments and facilitating cross-sector activities to support urban development and planning with selected cities/governments in the Asian and Pacific region. Specifically, it focuses on solutions consistent with ADB’s Urban Operational Plan 2012-2020 by promoting liveable cities that are competitive, socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable, and fiscally sound. In this context, the EO4SD-Urban provides EO-based products supporting the city of Mandalay (Myanmar).

This ADB project supports the Cambodian government in improving urban services and enhancing climate resilience in Stueng Saen, Serei Saophoan, Kampong Chhnang and Pursat. These 4 towns in the Tonle Sap Basin are annually impacted by inundations of the Mekong River which often cause local floods. In this context, the EO4SD-Urban products support flood risk assessment analysis and the development of improved urban planning strategies

Second Integrated Urban Environmental Management in the Tonle Sap Basin Project

Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) Programme

The IADB ESCI programme provides direct support to local governments in defining and executing their sustainable development plans. This is performed by employing a multidisciplinary approach based on Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change, Urban Sustainability, as well as Fiscal Sustainability and Good Governance. The EO4SD-Urban project provides support to the programme in the context of urban analyses and vulnerability assessment for the cities of Campeche (Mexico), Mendoza (Argentina) and Lima (Peru).

The main objectives of the GPSC programme are the establishment and enhancement of urban sustainability indicators in close alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 and the development of a platform that ties all the city-level projects together. EO4SD-Urban collaborates with the GPSC programme via the provisions of geo-spatial data for sustainable urban planning in 8 cities, namely Bhopal & Vijayawada (India), Melaka (Malaysia), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Dakar & Saint-Louis (Senegal), Campeche (Mexico) and Lima (Peru). In particular, implemented products allow comparative analyses between the cities and support each of them in reaching its goals within the programme (e.g., tracking the sustainability status of urban areas, mapping and monitoring informal settlements, etc.).

Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC)