Denver awarded Sister Cities International’s Sino-African Initiative Grant
WASHINTON, DC – Sister Cities International announced that Denver Sister Cities International
(DSCI) has been awarded a Sino-African Initiative grant to create a pilot Sino-African-US trilateral
sister city project that targets urban poverty alleviation and economic development in African cities
by increasing resources for the urban poor. Denver will be working with its sister city partners in
Nairobi, Kenya and Kunming, China to implement the project.
DSCI is one of three sister city organizations to be awarded the SAI grant. The two others selected
are: Urbana, Illinois and an Asheville/Raleigh team in North Carolina. The grantees were selected
after a formal call for proposals in August 2012. The applications were then judged by a panel of five
distinguished judges each providing a specific perspective from their experiences in the U.S., China,
and Africa. DSCI will plan and implement its project in 2013.
SAI is a two-year $1.5 million program designed to address the manner in which Chinese, African,
and U.S. cities can collaborate on economic development and urban poverty issues in Africa. By
working with Chinese, African, and U.S. public diplomacy networks, local municipal governments,
and businesses, this initiative seeks to create strategies that ensure development and poverty
alleviation projects address community needs, safeguard human rights and safety, and promote
transparent business practices and government accountability.
SAI will conclude at the end of the second year with a feasibility report that draws from the three
pilot projects. The focus of the report will include best practices in creating Sino-African-U.S.
trilateral sister city partnerships and multilateral cooperation for economic development and urban
poverty alleviation programs.
SAI builds upon Sister Cities International’s African Urban Poverty Alleviation Program (AUPAP),
designed to address urban poverty in 25 African cities through water, health, and sanitation projects
developed collaboratively by U.S. and African sister city programs.
About Sister Cities International
Sister Cities International facilitates nearly 2,000 partnerships in 136 countries across six continents
between 550 plus communities in the United States with similar municipalities abroad. Sister Cities
International represents citizen diplomats who work tirelessly to promote the organizations’ mission
of creating world peace and cultural understanding through economic and sustainable development
programs, youth and education projects, arts and culture, and humanitarian assistance.
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