Financing for Urban and Municipal Development – How can Cities and Local Governments get Access to Finance to implement Development Agendas?

Workshop Session 3
October 7, 14:30 – 16:00, Venue: Neue Mälzerei/Elysium
Language: English


Eva Ringhof, Social Development Specialist, Cities Development Initiave for Asia (CDIA), Philippines

Anne Doose, Policy Advisor, Sector Program Local and Urban Development

Inga Beie, Policy Advisor, Sector Program Local and Urban Develop


Peter Wolff, World Economy & Development Financing, DIE

Eva Ringhof, Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) Philippines

Thomas Taraschewski, Decentralization and Good Governance Program Rwanda

Gereon Kaus, Governance Support Program, South Africa

Christian Thon, Participatory Urban Development, Egypt


Martin Hiebsch, Sector Program Financing for Development

Inga Beie, Sector Program Local and Urban Development

“The struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities”, said Ban Ki-moon in 2012. In a rapidly urbanizing world, cities are key actors to achieve sustainable development. Partner countries of German Cooperation are experiencing urban growth at unprecedented speed, specifically in Africa and Asia. Medium-sized cities in particular are ill-equipped to manage urbanization processes due to the lack of capacitated personnel or access to finance, among a wide set of factors.

The important role of cities in achieving sustainable development is recognized throughout the to-be adopted Sustainable Development Goals (in particular Goal 11 – the urban goal) or the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). Yet it remains to be defined how cities will be able to live up to the expectations and responsibilities these global contracts set and which type of support the local level will receive to do so.

On the road to Paris (COP21) and Quito (Habitat III) and beyond: The workshop intends to discuss what German Technical Cooperation can do to support cities and “urban partners” at regional, national and subnational levels to mobilize finance to close the infrastructure gap or provide better services to citizens.

Goal and content of the workshop

To workshop will

provide a brief introduction to and exchange on different project and program outsets of German Technical Cooperation such as the respective strengths and bottlenecks of support to cities for access to finance

provide information and exchange on the running international processes and how they may “fit into the picture” of improved support and access

to foster a discussion on how to strengthen GIZ’s support to cities and local governments to fully unravel their potential as engines of development


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