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.
Transformative Actions Program: UrbanShift Annual Report 2022
Looking back at the 2022 TAP call for projects, this report summarizes the project applications received this past year, as well as the activities conducted around the projects already in the pipeline since 2021.
Supporting Access to Climate Finance for Small and Intermediary Cities: A Guide for Project Preparation Facilities
This guide from the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance details how Project Preparation Facilities can best assist smaller cities in accessing financing for climate infrastructure projects.
Daring cities 2022: Compendium of best practices
This report compiles case studies from cities around the world that are taking bold climate action and tackling the multifaceted challenges of climate emergency finance.
Zero Budgeting Model to Mitigate Climate Change
This report establishes that Zero Budgeting (ZB) is a challenging approach to budgeting, but it can be a powerful tool for helping cities to achieve their climate goals.
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.
Unlocking Public-Private Partnerships: A Toolkit for Local Governments
This report discusses empowering local governments with strategies for effective public-private partnerships in sustainable development.
This document presents a list of benchmarks that funders consider before financing a climate project.