LoCaL featured at ICLEI Municipal Finance Conference in Berlin

28 June 2016

The ICLEI Municipal Finance Conference highlighted the struggles cities currently face regarding accessing climate finance and developing a portfolio of quality projects.

All participants to the sessions stressed that replicability and scalability were key criteria to enable cities to rapidly set foot on a low carbon development path globally.

This confirmed the interest of Low Carbon City Lab (LoCaL)’s “fast prototyping” approach as its partners explore multiple solutions simultaneously with a strong drive from cities.

About the Municipal Finance Conference

The current public finance landscape is changing. Therefore cities need to find new financial sources and new ways to raise funds.

  • How to finance urban and critical infrastructure?
  • How to manage climate change and environmental concerns at municipal level?
  • Which strategies are best to optimize public-private partnerships?
  • How to engage citizens, e.g. through crowdfunding?
  • What are the main challenges for the new type of city manager and urban finance specialists?

Conference Attendees

The Municipal Finance Conference that took place on 31 May in Berlin, Germany, is designed to meet the challenges above, offering a platform for:

  • Mayors
  • Heads of urban development
  • Project heads from ministries
  • Public sector policy makers
  • Utility managers
  • Financial institutions
  • Solution providers from industry and research


Attendees included representatives from:

  • European Investment Bank, Luxemburg
  • John F. Kennedy Institut, FU Berlin
  • City of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  •  KfW Development Bank
  • Asian Development Bank Manila
  • Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)
  • Association of Local Authorities Tanzania
  • European Commission

Where would we be without our partners