Creative Urban Finance for the Poor

New and creative methods to finance provision and upgrading of infrastructure, services and housing have emerged during recent years. Although programmes targeting the urban poor in developing countries have showed remarkable results, financial needs for these purposes have still increased dramatically even during this era of financial innovation. It has become clear that creative solutions are required to cater for the needs of more urban poor. It also appears that the most appropriate financing solutions may vary significantly between infrastructure and services, as well as housing. This document contains proceedings from the seminar Creative Urban Finance for the Poor that took place in Stockholm between 14-15 December 2005, where these questions were discussed. In addition, the proceedings have been compiled by the rapporteurs without formal editing and do not necessarily reflect the views of the presenters or Sida.