Municipal & Climate Finance

Building Rights and Municipal Finance – The Experience of São Paulo, Brazil

By |2021-02-23T13:48:37+01:00June 6th 2019|Categories: Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , |

Revenue from building rights, or land value capture, plays an important role for municipal finance. Martim O. Smolka and Camila Maleronka report on the specific challenges and achievements in the city of São Paulo.

Who Captures the Gain from Urban Land Value?

By |2019-06-06T11:57:26+02:00June 4th 2019|Categories: Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , , |

Urban land offers governments in developing countries a vital opportunity for self-financing development. While authorities often see these taxes as administratively burdensome and politically impossible, this doesn’t have to be the case.

Promoting Innovative Financing Solutions for Cities

By |2019-03-14T13:36:29+01:00March 14th 2019|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , |

About 75 per cent of the infrastructure that needs to be in place by 2050 does not exist today. Getting such an immense scale of infrastructure development right will be critical to whether or not the world locks into a high- or low-carbon growth path. The newly established City Finance Lab tries to contribute innovative, replicable and scalable solutions to reach this ambitious goal.

Understanding and Tracking Affordable Housing Investment Opportunities in Africa

By |2019-03-12T11:20:28+01:00March 12th 2019|Categories: Housing & Informality, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , , |

Housing has become a policy issue that interests not only housing departments and local construction authorities, but Central Banks and financial players as well. Kecia Rust from the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) explains why housing has become an investment opportunity, and the role that policy makers play.

Banking the Unbankable: Community Finance in Asia

By |2018-04-10T15:29:43+02:00April 10th 2018|Categories: Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , |

Most urban slum dwellers in Asian countries cannot access conventional systems of finance. To get a loan, you need to prove you are creditworthy. But without a pay slip, you are unbankable. People living in poor communities need access to loans and other forms of financing to develop solutions to the serious problems they face, writes Somsook Boonyabancha. With a variety of models and scales ranging from small community funds to national-level networks, community finance is a popular and growing tool that promises to open up new possibilities for the people most in need.

“Productivity increases with the size of a city” – An Interview with Rüdiger Ahrend, Head of Urban Policy Programme at OECD

By |2017-10-14T15:33:22+02:00January 27th 2017|Categories: Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , , |

A lot of processes in cities depend on the financial resources of the municipal and national government. But how can these resources be generated? How can cities make money, how can they save money? And what role does urbanisation play? We talked to Rüdiger Ahrend, Head of the Urban Policy Program at the OECD, about how cities can approach these challenges.

Access to finance a key consideration for urban leaders at the C40 Mayors’ Summit

By |2017-10-14T15:40:03+02:00December 21st 2016|Categories: Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , , |

In early December, mayors, city delegates and urban experts met in Mexico City for the sixth biennial C40 Mayors’ Summit. The summit emphasised the key role cities play in global low-carbon, resilient, and inclusive development. Providing our cities with adequate access to financing is one of the most pressing issues that need to be addressed.

Municipalities in Eastern Serbia Champion Property Tax Collection

By |2021-02-23T14:07:15+01:00September 20th 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Governance & Finance, Green & Smart Development, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , |

By doubling their revenues through property taxation, nine Eastern Serbian municipalities are now able to finance projects vital to their communities.

Internally Generated Funds – How local governments in Ghana can generate their own money

By |2019-03-12T10:41:49+01:00August 11th 2016|Categories: Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , , , , |

A colourful video overview how local governments in Ghana can increase their Internally Generated Funds and what benefits they provide.

“Those innovative instruments are now recognised as effective instruments to finance urban development”

By |2019-03-12T10:42:44+01:00August 2nd 2016|Categories: Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , , , |

Subnational Pooled Financing Mechanisms (SPFMs) are expected to play an increasingly strategic role in financing sustainable development. Jean-François Habeau, Executive Director of the international cities network FMDV, talks about the benefits and specific challenges of Subnational Pooled Financing Mechanisms for developing countries.

A portfolio approach for urban investments

By |2017-10-14T16:22:04+02:00July 21st 2016|Categories: Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , |

The projects that are financed in an urban environment depend on a variety of factors. With the portfolio approach cities can determine which projects benefit them most in terms of profits and social benefits and can choose them accordingly.

“Cities are the future driving force in Asia”

By |2018-08-02T12:12:42+02:00July 21st 2016|Categories: Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , , , |

There is no shortage of ideas for sustainable development projects in Asia. However, often the financial resources provided for environmental and climate protection projects as well as waste water, energy or infrastructure projects is scarce. The Cities Development Initiative for ASIA (CDIA) supports Asian cities in finding investors and building their infrastructure. In an interview with Urbanet CDIA-Coordinator for GIZ Claudia Hermes explains how the CDIA works and what the idea behind it is.

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