UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office


The Foreign & Commonwealth Office was the department of the UK Government that administered the Prosperity Fund; a £1.2 billion portfolio of global programmes that sought to reduce poverty in Middle Income Countries through a variety of programmes.  A secondary benefit was to seek out opportunities for international businesses including UK companies as a result of the programme’s delivery in various countries.  Since the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development in September 2020, the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office took over on responsibility for the legacy global programmes that ended after March 2021 of which the Global Future Cities Programme is one.  With the closure of the Prosperity Fund Department, the Economic Cooperation Department assumed responsibility for the Global Future Cities Programme.  This programme is scheduled to finish on 31 March 2022.


Strategic and Capacity Building Partner

UN-Habitat works for a better urban future. Based in over 90 countries, UN-Habitat promotes the development of socially and environmentally sustainable cities, towns & communities. UN-Habitat strives for adequate shelter with better living standards for all, and its objective is to advance sustainable urbanization as a driver of development and peace to improve living conditions for all.

UK Built Environment Advisory Group

Strategic and Capacity Building Partner – Professional Implementing Partner

The UKBEAG is a collaboration between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Landscape Institute (LI), the aim of which is to provide a conduit for the transfer of built environment expertise to foreign governments together with humanitarian and development agencies such as the UK Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office and UN Habitat.

Ernst and Young (EY)

Lead Delivery Partner of consortium - Brazil

EY is one of the largest professional services firm in the world, delivering our core integrated services, Assurance, Advisory, Tax and Transaction Advisory Services, to a host of private and public sector organisations with the stated purpose of Building a Better Working World. EY is a purpose led firm, committed to developing solutions that address the most challenging and pressing issues facing society and government. Led by EY UK, there are currently over 250 employees in more than 20 countries providing a range of services to support the Prosperity Fund programme achieve its stated objectives.

Adam Smith International (ASI)

Lead Delivery Partner of consortium - Nigeria

Adam Smith International is a global advisory company that works locally to transform lives by making economies stronger, societies more stable, and governments more effective. ASI works at the cutting edge of urban development, providing expertise and advice to governments around the world to ensure cities act as driver of social equality and economic growth. ASI has worked with governments, international organizations, companies and foundations to develop strategies and to design, deliver and evaluate programmes.


Lead Delivery Partner of consortium – Turkey

Arup is a UK-based international engineering and professional services business with designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world.

The Future Cities South Africa programme (FCSA)

Delivery Partner of consortium – South Africa

Future Cities South Africa (FCSA) is the delivery partner for the South Africa project in the Global Future Cities Programme. The project is funded by the UK Government's Prosperity Fund and overseen by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). FCSA is an alliance of organisations and individuals led by PwC (UK & ZA), and includes the Isandla Institute, Open Cities Lab (OCL), Palmer Development Group (PDG), Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU NPC), Zutari and others, together with a range of independent specialists.

Mott MacDonald (MM)

Lead Delivery Partner of consortium – Southeast Asia

Mott MacDonald is a global engineering, management and development consultancy delivering a portfolio of programmes for the Prosperity Fund across the world targeting better health, digital infrastructure, climate resilience, sustainable urban planning, and smart transport solutions in multiple UK partner cities. Based in the United Kingdom, MM offers skills and resources across various markets, including communications, education, health, renewable energy, transport, water, power and environment, and has experience in combining local knowledge and UK expertise to deliver transformational landmark projects.

Broadway Malyan

Delivery Supplier - South East Asia

Broadway Malyan is a global urbanism, architecture and design practice dedicated to creating cities, buildings and spaces that will provide a lasting legacy. Through a shared design ethos, we work together to create places with a strong sense of identity where people and communities want to live, learn, shop, work and relax. Our collaborative approach to integrated sustainable design has enabled us to deliver award-winning projects at all scales across the world. With headquarters in the UK and a network of international studios, our global reach gives us the versatility to bring together inter-disciplinary teams to support the Prosperity Fund to achieve meaningful impact in Global Future Cities Programme’s 9 Southeast Asian cities.

Cities that Work, International Growth Centre

Strategic Development Phase – Academic Partner

Cities that Work is an International Growth Centre initiative that works to translate economic research and practical insight into clear urban policy guidance. The International Growth Centre itself aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research.