Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG)
The M4EG initiative supports local authorities in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) to become active shapers of their inclusive economic inclusive growth and vibrant communities. This is done through strengthening capacities of local governments and creating inclusive innovation processes for design of investable projects that correspond to a new generation of local economic development plans and investing in portfolios of projects, in a way that bring tangible benefits to citizens. The M4EG intends to be a demonstration project of what new trajectories of growth may look like in the EaP, and how additional financing can be mobilized at local government level.
- Facilitate an active network of local authorities in the five implementing countries of the EaP, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to learn, test, connect, and mobilize new partnerships and funding opportunities.
- Introduce new tools and approaches to help address the complex challenges (incl. inequalities, energy transition, conflict and refugee & IDP response) faced by local authorities, and test these through a learning and iterative journey of implementing seed-funds at the local level.
- 398 local authorities recommitted to the M4EG, with 134 new members in 2022
- 46 cities/towns engaging in designs and implementation of demonstration projects for new trajectories of growth and making secondary cities in the EaP more attractive for people and financing through Portfolio Journey and Urban Imaginaries Programmes as well as EU Responses and Renewal Programme supporting local authorities to recover and revitalise local economies.
- An Urban Learning Center will act as an ecosystem of learning opportunities for municipality staff and their partners, including offering learning pathways for the new generation of local economic development plans, green and digital transition, and adaptive leadership, strategy and foresight.
- In Ukraine since the start of the war, 81 local authorities and 40,000 people supported; of them 8,000 are IDPs.
United Nations Development Programme
DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS
authorities recommitted to the M4EG, with 134 new members joined in 2022.
and 40,000 people were supported; of them 8,000 are IDPs.
will act as an ecosystem of learning opportunities for municipality staff and their partners.