Municipal Financing, PPPs and Alternative Financing Mechanisms
Municipal finance mobilization efforts have remained low despite the high infrastructure investment burden. The huge Infrastructure gap in East and Central African Cities as a result of low investment is becoming a major challenge in the region. The associated financial challenge faced by many cities alongside increased demand for improved service delivery, and mounting social exclusion is posing a threat to sustainable urban development. Significant Infrastructural Investment gap has been noted in many East African Cities that requires more finances. There is need for funds to address the ever increasing operational and maintenance costs if the city infrastructure development is to be sustainably utilized to support economic growth.
Decentralization program was premised on bringing services closer to the people, however the transfer of responsibilities was never matched with a corresponding transfer of resources and central governments have been reluctant to devolve more revenue sources. The major challenge today is how to strengthen the municipal revenue base as cities learn to do more with less. How can the city build institutional capabilities for efficient revenue mobilization strategies?
The forum will seek to address the following concerns: