South African city management receives $9m funding boost

18 Sep 15

The World Bank and the Swiss Embassy have signed a $9m trust fund agreement to improve public financial management and other institutional capabilities in South African cities.

The fund is expected to South Africa improve the performance of its eight large cities by making them more inclusive, productive and sustainable through the Cities Support Program. CSP is a South African government urban initiative, coordinated by the country’s National Treasury.

“The objective of the Cities Support Program is to support the spatial transformation of our cities,” said Malijeng Nqaleni, deputy director general for intergovernmental relations at the National Treasury.

“Our partnership with the World Bank and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs allows us to tap into the bank’s global experience, best practice and technical skills across a range of sectors in order to create more sustainable urban built environments.”

It is hoped that over the next five years CSP will improve targeted areas such as public financial management, infrastructure finance, land management and integrated urban transport planning, the bank said.

Swiss ambassador Helene Budliger Artieda said the partnership presented an opportunity to support policy reform and institutional capacity building.

She added that the Swiss government would share its experiences in areas like public finance to secure balanced economic development and sustainable urban infrastructure.

Guang Zhe Chen, World Bank country director for South Africa, noted that implementing development solutions in large cities was becoming increasingly critical to growing the economy, creating employment and reducing poverty.

  • Judith Ugwumadu
    Judith Ugwumadu

    Judith writes about public finance, public services and economics across Cooking Recipes International and Cooking Recipes. She previously undertook reporting stints at Financial Adviser, Global Security Finance and The Sunday Express.

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