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City Partnership Program

Map of Japan indicating CPP cities
CPP cities

The City Partnership Program (CPP) was launched in 2016, drawing on TDLC’s close connections with a number of Japanese cities. It is a critical component of our overall program that is leveraged across all TDLC activities.  

Six Japanese cities currently participate in the CPP. The first four—Kitakyushu, Kobe, Toyama, and Yokohama—were selected in July 2016 by a committee of development professionals. Fukuoka and Kyoto became members in 2018. 


CPP cities are selected on the basis of their global leadership in the development sector and their knowledge of and expertise in relevant urban development topics. The program supports the provision of practical know-how, insights, and operational expertise. To further enhance the effectiveness and reach of the CPP, TDLC collaborates with other Japanese cities, including Tokyo and Osaka, as well as with cities in other countries. 

TDLC’s collaboration with CPP cities includes inviting their officers to speak at local or international conferences and Technical Deep Dives, developing customized case studies showcasing a city’s particular expertise and experiences, and engaging them with TDLC’s Operational Support activities through the sharing of practical expertise and experience. 


The participants of TDD visiting Kitakyushu, Japan for site visit
TDD participants during a site visit to Kitakyushu, one of the CPP cities (Photo: World Bank Group)

During the five years ending June 2020, the six CPP cities shared their collective knowledge and expertise at more than 70 events, including Technical Deep Dives. They also participated in a wide range of Operational Support activities and produced 29 publications in collaboration with TDLC, influencing World Bank projects in some 80 countries.

"Through our work with TDLC, we realized that the technologies, know-how, and systems that Fukuoka has produced in collaboration with the private sector can be beneficial for developing countries."
Kazuhiro Kubota
Executive Director of the International Bureau, Fukuoka

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