Cities Investment Portal

What is the
Cities Investment Portal

The Cities Investment Portal (CI Portal) the first rung of the Cities Investment Facility. The CI Portal is an online subscription-based platform that hosts and tracks the progress of the sustainable urban infrastructure projects that have been admitted into CIF, as they make their way through development towards bankable, construction-ready status. It opens up opportunities for investors and city projects to connect, communicate, and create sustainable cities of the future.

The CI Portal seeks to facilitate the matchmaking between projects and investors by offering users access to an interactive database of bankable city and country-level projects, along with potential investors with clear areas of interest, types of investment, and credentials that align with sustainability and inclusion principles.

Cities can initiate networking and outreach on planned projects by uploading their package of information, which is accessible to a global audience of investors that is linked with the city-based project promoters. The CI Portal thus brings together a community of interested parties at different stages of project development. Project profiles are continually refreshed on the CI Portal as more detailed information becomes available. To ensure the quality and reliability of information, the portal’s management team includes experts that review incoming materials. Interested investors can elect to be regularly updated on project progress and notified when (in the opinion of CIF) it has reached a bankable, construction-finance-ready status.

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City Project Owners

Successfully selected projects will require a one-off registration fee per project to upload their respective project information onto the Cities Investment Portal. There is also a subsequent annual maintenance fee.

However, projects owners who submit a project in the first year of the CI Portal’s operations will only require a 50% discounted fee per projects for both the one-off registration and subsequent annual maintenance fees.


Potential investors with clear areas of interest can choose from three information purchase options:

  • One-off project information purchase
  • 6-month subscription
  • Annual subscription

For investors who sign up in the first year of the CI Portal’s operations, a discounted fee will be charged for the respective options.

Who Are The CI Portal Partners

Think City

Think City Sdn. Bhd. is a company incorporated in Malaysia and a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Malaysia (a strategic investment vehicle of the Government of Malaysia). It is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of communities by creating more sustainable, liveable and resilient cities. Think City focuses on four main communities of practice: Placemaking, Resilience, Analytics, and Conservation.

Think City takes on the role of CI Portal Project Content Manager and Web Portal Manager, working to actively recruit, curate, and evaluate of projects that enter the Cip. It manages the overall CIF digital platform, as well as undertakes the CIF’s marketing, promoting the Cip to a global audience of investors, donors, and governments.