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Charter Cities Institute

Founded in 2017, the Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to creating the ecosystem for charter cities. We believe charter cities are the future of development in emerging economies.
Despite the tremendous reduction in global pov-erty over the past 50 years, governments around the world still struggle to meet the challenges posed by demographic booms, poorly man-aged urbanization, institutional failure and everchang-ing economic conditions. Migration, remittanc- es, and aid have helped alleviate crises, but have failed as comprehensive long-term solutions.



In different corners of the world, individuals and organizations are independently discovering the potential for charter cities — new city develop-ments granted a special jurisdiction and broad governing authority to make their economic en-vironments more competitive — to jumpstart economic growth where previously it remained elusive. Our collaboration with these individuals and groups through technical assistance, events, and targeted research can rapidly accelerate the development of charter cities.

Charter Cities Institute

Founded in 2017, the Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to creating the ecosystem for charter cities. We believe charter cities are the future of development in emerging economies.
Despite the tremendous reduction in global poverty over the past 50 years, governments around the world still struggle to meet the challenges posed by demographic booms, poorly managed urbanization, institutional failure and ever-changing economic conditions. Migration, remittances, and aid have helped alleviate crises, but have failed as comprehensive long-term solutions.

In different corners of the world, individuals and organizations are independently discovering the potential for charter cities — new city developments granted a special jurisdiction and broad governing authority to make their economic environments more competitive — to jumpstart economic growth where previously it remained elusive. Our collaboration with these individuals and groups through technical assistance, events, and targeted research can rapidly accelerate the development of charter cities.

Economic growth is unparalleled in its ability to alleviate extreme poverty.
We work to accelerate this process by improving governance.

Why governance first?
Governance is the single most important determinant for economic growth in low and middle-income countries.  

Charter City: a city granted a special jurisdiction to create a new governance system.

We believe that charter cities have the potential to lift tens of millions of people out of poverty.

Charter Cities Annual Conference

Join us 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa and hear from entrepreneurs, investors, new city developers, government officials, and experts in international development. Join the movement by forging the lasting relationships necessary to make charter cities a reality.
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