Governance of Inclusive Green Growth in Cities (DEALS) is a five-year programme (2017-2022) to support six fast-growing cities in the transition to inclusive and sustainable development. For this transition new forms of cooperation are needed between local government, companies, social organizations, knowledge institutions and funding partners.



About the programme

An increasing proportion of the world's population lives in cities. In 2030 this is expected to be sixty percent. Urban governments and governmental organisations face unprecedented challenges in terms of quality of life, employment, safety and the environment. Their vision and performance in the coming decades will be determinative for the future of cities.

Our drive is to improve the performance of the local government in this cooperation. This is necessary because local and urban government is becoming increasingly important and complex. There is a growing need for a collaborative, responsive and flexible municipality. Our ultimate goal is to keep the cities of the future alive and sustainable. Our main focus is on the interests of people earning less than 1.25 US dollars a day.

As part of VNG (Association of Netherlands Municipalities) we have over a hundred years of experience in the field of local governance. The cities in the DEALS programme are Kumasi (Ghana), Sèmè-Podji (Benin), Pathein (Myanmar), Pereira (Colombia), Beira (Mozambique) and Manila (Philippines). For each city, a program is tailor-made based on local priorities.

This programme is financed by the Netherlands ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Inclusive Green Growth Department.

Watch our ‘City Deals to deal with cities’ animation video: 

 Take a look at the fact sheets per city:


Dare to experiment with an integrated governance approach
In today’s world, the biggest challenges that we face are interconnected. If the elements affect one another, treating the parts as separate will not bring you closer to a solution. Or, you may find that the solution for one part of the problem creates a negative effect elsewhere.
At VNG International, we believe that governing today’s societies and managing a transition to sustainable development asks for an integrated governance approach. Dare to experiment and change plans as you go. Learn from one another.

So get out there, watch our animation video on the integrated governance approach and make it yours.

Interested in the programmes progress? Follow our outcome monitoring at IATI.

Interested in updates? Check the latest news here.