Municipal Infrastructure Financing

Innovative Practices from Developing Countries

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Municipal Infrastructure Financing

Contributors: Munawwar Alam
Series Title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Number within series: 2
Publication date: 1 February 2010
Size: 240mm x 156mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-003-6
Pages: 142

Municipal Infrastructure Financing provides an overview of the municipal finances and the extent of private sector involvement in the delivery of municipal services in selected Commonwealth developing countries. Four cities are examined in detail: Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Kampala in Uganda, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Karachi in Pakistan.

The book presents some innovative options for alternative sources of municipal infrastructure financing, including attracting private sector participation, based on the successful experience of other developing countries.

It also identifies the key challenges in municipal financing, and any broad institutional and financial strengthening measures that are required to tap alternative sources of financing for growth-oriented municipal investments.

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Foreword by Ransford Smith, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat  
Introduction by Nadir Ehsan, Senior Municipal Development Specialist, CDIA  
Abbreviations and acronyms  
Currency equivalents  
Editor’s Acknowledgements  

1. Overview and Outline by Munawwar Alam  
2. State of Municipal Finance in Commonwealth Developing Countries  
3. Tanzania – The Case of Dar es Salaam  
4. Uganda – The Case of Kampala  
5. Pakistan – The Case of Karachi  
6. Bangladesh – The Case of Dhaka  
7. Innovative Approaches to Municipal Infrastructure Financing  
8. Conclusion  

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Overall, this slim volume is a very useful addition to the literature on decentralization and municipal infrastructure finance. It serves as a quick reference to the state of international practice and trends in municipal financing of public infrastructure as well as the particularities of these four countries. The list of primary sources consulted and extensive list of secondary references used at the end is quite helpful. The case studies are illuminating, highlighting how rapid urban growth combined with high levels of urban poverty, incomplete fiscal decentralization and undeveloped financial markets combine to frustrate municipal infrastructure development. Although the challenges are similar, the structure of administration and decentralization processes differ by country, as well as possibilities for locally sourcing revenues, which in turn shape the strategies that governments pursue to fund public services provision.

Public Works Management Policy, October 2010 vol. 15 no. 2 137-141, doi: 10.1177/1087724X10376775