CCI 2020 Annual Report | This last year has been our best year yet! The great thing about being at a growing organization is you can say that every year and it’s true every year. While we ran into a handful of Covid-19 related difficulties, we made strong progress building the charter cities ecosystem. Over the past year Covid-19 has clearly demonstrated the need for charter cities. The World Bank estimates that the pandemic and resulting economic contraction will push up to 150 million people into extreme poverty. Institutions in high income countries are struggling to respond. Two cities that handled the virus well, Singapore and Hong Kong, are self-governing, demonstrating the importance of responsive city government. Read more below.