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Welcome! This is a space for people who want to share ideas about municipal finance and learn about innovations in municipal finance throughout the globe.
What makes this space strong is the people who inhabit it. So please introduce yourself-- write a little bit about your background and what motivates you to join this community. Feel free to share what are you looking for from the community, and whether you have any specific questions or issues that you'd like feedback on.
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Hi Everyone! Im Maria Lourdes most commomnly known as Lule. I joined the World Bank thanks to an agreement with FINDETER (Colombian development bank), under a secondement program. I'm currently working with the City Creditworthiness Initiative team and joined this community to learn and share experiences around the municipal finance sector.
To put it simply, the most exciting part of my life is working on Municipal Finance, working with a team of outstanding colleagues at the World Bank, working with wonderful partners around the world, working for development where it matters the most: cities. I think of this community of practice as a virtual city, where people share a common purpose and enable growth. Ultimately it's about finding practical solutions for cities. I had the privilege of working on extended assignments in Lima, Peru, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Another city I've been focusing a lot over the past years is Kampala, Uganda. With the help of much more experienced colleagues, my objective is to bring solutions to cities that are reform-minded, to identify innovative instruments for growth, and to execute programs efficiently and at scale so to reach the largest number of cities for the greatest impact.
My favorite book on Municipal Finance can be found HERE.
Hi Everybody! My name is Chuck Billand and I have been working on the Municipal Finance Creditworthiness initiative for more than a year. My motivation is quite well-defined as climate change is a clear and present danger for much of the global population. Those most often at risk are women and children living in informal settlements. Our efforts are crucial. Municipalities must be able to borrow in local currencies to build the climate adaption and mitigation projects that are needed to protect lives and livelihoods. My forthcoming contribution to this blog will be a paper on municipal finance in Tanzania. It’s still a work in progress. But HERE is a draft of the executive summary.
Hello all, I'm Elizabeth Bauch, called Liz. I'm very excited to be working with the City Creditworthiness team. I've worked in the municipal finance field as a public finance bond analyst for Moody's Investors Service, and as a financial advisor to local governments in the western United States. More recently I was a municipal finance advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Local governments face a range of challenges, and I am keenly interested in supporting practitioners who want to make improvements in government administration, capital improvements planning, debt management, and service delivery. Good public infrastructure and service delivery stimulate private investment and job creation. Innovation and problem-solving at the local level have a direct impact on us all.
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My name is John Probyn and I have been working with the City Creditworthiness team for over a year on a number of fronts. I've been at the World Bank for four years concentrating on issues related to infrastructure, energy and urban sustainability. I think that the diverse web of municipal finance practitioners that are members of this community are a powerful tool to learn more about municipal finance and planning issues. It's through this type of city to city knowledge sharing that innovative solutions can be discovered and shared across many countries and regions.
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My name is Julia Podevin. I recently joined the City Creditworthiness team at the World Bank and am thrilled to be part of this exciting Initiative. My professional background is in finance and international development. I look forward to using this platform to collaborate and exchange information with other professionals in the municipal finance space.
I am Mary Ann Polintan Bautista, but since my name is very common...please call me "Anpol". Currently, I am the City Treasurer of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. Time flies so fast that it's been a year now since I joined this community. I really feel blessed for having to read conversations and testimonials from other state as we also share the same sentiments in public finance. The news articles and documentary contributions specially on local governance and finance helped me alot in benchmarking new ideas. It gives me relief that I get to know the concerns of other state which is also very common to us. I am happy to share the information that I get here with my colleagues in the local government. I am really interested in finding more ways on how to generate and maximize local income for the City in terms of new regulations. Hope to read more write-ups from other municipal state on their actual experiences in the implementation of various regulations. God bless Everyone!
Municipal garbage management is a critical issue in many municipalities in Uganda. In Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality in particular, Garbage is collected from the source from where it is sorted, it is carried on municipal trucks to the dumping site where it is composted into manure that is used in gardens to better food production. The manure is sold at a cost and because of this, the municipality is gradually improving its own revenue. The challenges however are constant break down of trucks and public reluctance in garbage management
I am Mugizi Jackson, A senior planner for Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipal Council. I have been working for this Local government for 2 years now. I joined the municipal finance practitioners on 5/5/2015 and hope to keep sharing ideas with the rest of the group. Joshua Gallo is the one who introduced to this group
I am Johan Kruger, a civil engineer turned banker and enjoying its I was fortunate enough to present at the two workshops and think the team that organised the academies in Entebbe and Kigali was one of the best I have ever worked for even at my age I learned new things