Improving municipal finance is a first step to achieve sustainable development. Over the past few decades, countries have increasingly decentralized their political systems and devolved responsibilities for public service provision to subnational governments. Increased mandates of subnational governments are however, not always matched by adequate increases in financial resources from the central government to lower levels of governments.
“It is visible today that we have physical improvements in services. For instance, there used to be a pile of garbage in the midlle of the streets, thus, forcing us to use our hands to move it. That has really improved. We have vehicles owned by the local government which are only used for garbage collection, and that has helped a lot.”
Muktar Osman, a tax payer.
Related Sustainable Development Goals
Donors and partners
The success of Municipal Finance programme is dependent on fostering strong partnerships and bringing together a variety of actors around the common goal of improving the financial capacity of local authorities. Each partner has its own competitive advantage and so UN-Habitat tries to complement its project work with the specific partners best positioned to support the intervention. As such UN-Habitat attempts to foster a constant knowledge exchange on issues of Municipal finance with leading academics and practitioners and engage in joint projects wherever possible.