Topic Guide For Sub-National Financing For Urban Infrastructure

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Cities are the primary engines of growth in almost all developing countries. However, past underinvestment in urban infrastructure and services, combined with a rapidly increasing urban population, has led to a massive and growing deficit in infrastructure and services capable of sustaining inclusive economic growth. Cities across the developing world suffer from a lack of planning, inappropriate regulation and inadequate enforcement.

Evidence on Demand, which supports the professional development of Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Advisers in the UK Department for International Development (DFID), has developed a Topic Guide which provides a framework for understanding the underlying issues and challenges of sub-national finance. The guide aims to assist the development of business cases to address the issues and challenges in developing policy, building institutional capacity, and designing mechanisms that will enhance sub-national financing of infrastructure and services in developing countries.

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