A delegation from the Lincoln Institute is on the ground this week in Prague for the UN-HABITAT Europe Regional Meeting for Habitat III, continuing our engagement in the run-up to the global cities summit in Quito, Ecuador this fall, with an emphasis on financing the New Urban Agenda.
A presentation is planned on the recently posted Policy Unit 5 paper Municipal Finance and Local Fiscal Systems, authored by experts brought together by the Lincoln Institute and the World Bank. The paper establishes how municipal governments oversee the provision of public goods and services to a growing majority of the world’s inhabitants, and “accordingly, improving the capacity of local governments to fund those services, and the transparency and accountability of the funding process, impacts the quality of life and level of citizen engagement … Municipal finance is the operational fulcrum on which the success of ongoing future rapid urbanization rests.”
Enrique Silva, senior research associate for the Latin America and Caribbean Program, today presented case studies from Brazil to highlight critical issues in municipal fiscal health and illustrate innovations in planning and land based financial tools, including value capture, at a side event co-sponsored with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) titled “How to Govern Land Use In Metropolitan Areas”.
Silva, who is also the co-chair of the Research and Academics Constituent Partner Group of the General Assembly of Partners, will participate in a second side event organized by the GAP titled “The Straight Path to Habitat III: Part III Knowledge Platform for the New Urban Agenda.” GAP is an initiative of the World Urban Campaign that provides a platform for consensus building and partnerships within the preparatory processes toward Habitat III and beyond. As co-chair of the RACPG, Silva advocates on behalf of an international network of academics and researchers within GAP initiatives and the set of preparatory meetings leading up to Habitat III, and in Prague will be working with other GAP representatives on the draft of the final Prague Declaration.
The Lincoln Institute has submitted a request to address the meeting organizers and Habitat III Secretariat, with a brief statement about our mission and recommendations for the Habitat III process and the content of the Summit’s final product, the New Urban Agenda.
All 10 Policy Unit papers can be viewed here.