Urbanization has become one of the most pressing development challenges of the 21st century.
As it could be one of the biggest drivers of economic growth, it can also become a driver of inequality and marginalization. The importance of this challenge is explicitly recognized in the Addis Ababa Agenda on Finance for Development, in the Sustainable Development Goals as well as in the New Urban Agenda recently approved in Quito.
While only about one-tenth of the world's largest urban areas are in Least Developed Countries (LDC), thirty of the thirty-five most rapidly growing cities are in LDCs. Urban growth is not limited to capital cities, but is having a profound impact on secondary cities and towns as well. Almost half of the world’s urban dwellers reside in settlements of less than 500,000 inhabitants. The future development of the LDCs, and their ability to meet the SDGs, now depends significantly on how well urbanization is managed in LDC cities and towns.
The Municipal Investment Financing (MIF) Programme outcome is to increase the capacity of local governments to address key urbanization challenges through access to sustainable sources of capital financing. MIF aims to leverage the resources of governments to mobilize public and private capital investment, while transitioning local government finances from traditional pure grant funding to a broadened mix of financial sources, in order to address local challenges. This can be achieved by:
After starting in Bangladesh, the MIF programme is expanding geographically in Africa as well. We are also building partnerships with strategic stakeholders at the country, regional, and global level to exchange experience and lessons learned and multiply our respective impacts at various geographical scales.
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