Rapid urbanization and climate disasters are placing enormous stress on infrastructure globally, including water, transportation, energy and waste systems. Building resilient, low-carbon infrastructure systems is essential for cities to adapt to urban expansion and climate change. However, many city governments lack local revenue sources to pursue capital-intensive infrastructure projects. To attract investment, projects that address climate adaptation and urbanization must align with the priorities of investors and the infrastructure needs at the local level. The private sector, international financial institutions and development banks are increasingly becoming more active financiers in the city space, though more investment is needed.
Banking on a Just and Green Recovery
This report provides nine case studies of cities that are finding innovative ways to finance and implement projects with a focus on inclusion, equity, and a green and just recovery.
Transformative Actions Program for UrbanShift
This report summarizes the recent activities of the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) and highlights the challenges of accessing climate finance in global South cities.
How to decide if green bonds are right for your city
Green bonds can provide attractive financing options for climate projects in various sectors, but bond issuance is not possible in every context. In this guide, we explain how you can decide if green bonds are a good option for your city.
This document presents a list of benchmarks that funders consider before financing a climate project.
Successful Local Government Fundraising and Project Pitching
Using the example of Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, this case study offers practical tips on successful fundraising for climate projects.
How Cities Can Attract Investment for a Green and Just Recovery
Strategic and innovative financing instruments can help cities build urban resilience and promote a just recovery in the wake of COVID-19.
Paying for Bike Sharing Systems: Examples and Trends
This toolkit explains the various financing and funding options available for bike-sharing systems, focusing on Latin American cities.
Climate Finance Glossary
City leaders can utilize this resource to better understand the many types of financing instruments available to them and identify climate financing solutions.