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Finance for City Leaders Handbook

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Cities are a driving force of the 21st century. Through bringing large numbers of people into close proximity, they spark economic growth, foster innovation, and generate prosperity. But they face the pressing challenges of creating a livable environment for their residents, enabling economic activity that benefits all citizens, and fostering urban development that is environmentally sustainable, equitable, and resilient to disruptive forces. Finance for City Leaders presents an up-to-date, comprehensive, and in-depth analysis of the challenges posed by rapid urbanization and the various financing tools municipalities have at their disposal. By providing city leaders with a wide array of financing solutions that emphasize sustainability, inclusion, and financial autonomy, this publication contributes to the growing conversation on how cities can look inward to finance major capital expenditures, infrastructure maintenance and operation, and public services.

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Financing investments in slums and informal settlements

Slums and informal settlements remain a significant challenge for many urban centres around the world, and the implications for municipal and local governments are profound. In many regions, the numbers of people living in slums are growing—a trend with significant implications for urban sustainability. Around one-quarter of the world’s urban population lives in slums, and since 1990, the number of people living in slums has risen by 213 million, to close to one billion.

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