Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED) is a flexible facility designed to accelerate DFID’s infrastructure and cities initiatives for resilient, inclusive and transformative economic growth.

Infrastructure spending in DFID’s focus countries is often limited by a lack of financially viable projects and weak institutional and governance arrangements. Furthermore there has been a lack of focus to date on harnessing the potential of cities and urban areas to drive growth and create jobs. Underlying these issues are wider challenges related to the enabling environment for investment in infrastructure and cities. ICED is designed to address these constraints to growth by supporting city competitiveness, encouraging infrastructure governance reform, and promoting evidence-based policymaking.

DFID country and regional offices and programme design advisers can access a range of rapid technical assistance from a pool of sectoral experts as well as action research, policy briefings and consultations.

ICED is managed by PwC and draws on expertise from an alliance which includes Arup, ASI, Engineers Against Poverty, the International Institute for Environment and Development, MDY Legal and Social Development Direct.