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Finance for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure


The Coalition for Urban Transitions published a new report that reviews public, private and institutional sources of financing that are available for sustainable urban infrastructure, the barriers that impede them from being used at large scale and the mechanisms that can be deployed to overcome them. It also includes a series of case studies of cities that have successfully used different financing and funding instruments for their infrastructure development. The report concludes with 7 finance mechanisms that it recommends to be studied in depth as solutions to close the infrastructure finance gap in urban contexts specifically. These are:

  • Fiscal decentralisation
  • Bonds and debt financing
  • Land value capture
  • Pricing, regulation, and standards
  • National investment vehicles
  • International finance facilities
  • Public-private partnerships

Link to the report