Competitive Cities for jobs and growth: What, Who and How - Sameh Wahba

This lecture aims to introduce how cities can successfully introduce and harness levers to improve their competitiveness, facilitating firm and industry growth to create jobs, raise productivity and increase incomes.


AUDIO: Sameh Wahba - Competitive Cities for jobs and growth: What, Who and How


UN-Habitat and Lincoln Institute pilot a Global Municipal Database for Sustainable Urbanization

Mexico City, 24 March 2016 – Top officials from UN-Habitat and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy signed an agreement in Mexico City this month to create a pilot for a global municipal fiscal database that will result in the reporting of fiscal data for select cities in Asia, Latin America and Africa. The signing ceremony was attended by Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, and George W.

“Extending access to housing finance across Africa” - Kecia Rust

Kecia Rust from the Centre for Affordable Housing in South Africa in this lecture discusses the current state of housing finance in Africa.

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“Extending access to housing finance across Africa” - Kecia Rust 

"Global Economic Competitor" - Ronald Wall

Ronald Wall (Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam/University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) in this lecture calls a new paradigm on how to empirically address globalization and urbanization using big data on investment flows between cities worldwide. 

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Productive Transformation of Cities Discussion Paper #2

Increasingly, national and local economies must adapt and innovate by diversifying and upgrading their productive capacity. They must avoid stagnation in context of evolving economic, social and environmental circumstances. Cities benefit from more inclusive patterns of growth, greater resource efficiency, reduced environmental degradation, and enhanced social stability and inclusion.

Financing the Infrastructure Cities Need - Discussion Paper #3

The purpose of this paper is to discuss key drivers in developing an effective system of local government finance. Good local government finance enables cities to generate sustainable endogenous revenues for infrastructure and public service provision.

The paper suggests a path towards creating national enabling frameworks, and how the international community can support urban finance reform.

The Role of Cities in Productive Transformation

Productive transformation policies have gained renewed prominence in recent years. In both developed and developing countries, governments and private sector actors have begun planning and implementing programmes and instruments for private sector development; cluster promotion and value chain; as well as supply chain approaches linked to infrastructure provision, innovation and equity.

Tapping tax revenue for development - Discussion Paper No. 1, Kiambu County

This discussion paper examines the enormous potential of fiscal restructuring at the local level in achieving inclusive economic and social development. The paper looks at Kiambu County, a rapidly growing and urbanizing part of metropolitan Nairobi.

The County’s economy is agricultural-based and agricultural products and natural resource processing industries are becoming increasingly important. At the same time, due to the County’s urban character the majority of its residents are involved in retail businesses.