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How to optimize Own Source Revenues of local governments in developing countries

Lennart Fleck



Tuesday, June 28, 2022


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Multifunction Hall Room 11
United Nations Human Settlement
Programme (UN-Habitat)
Integrated Governance in Spatial Planning for a More Just, Green, and Healthy Urban Future
TE 11


This training is designed for development partners and government officials in developing countries working on revenues and specifically Own Source Revenues (OSR). The training will showcase why OSR optimization is critical in ensuring the financial health of local governments, facilitating access to private investment, strenghtening the social contract, and most importantly improving service delivery for attainment of the SDGs. It will provide participants with practical steps on how they can optimize OSRs and how they can select among long lists of competing reform options. It will share best-practices from other developing countries and use case-studies to underscore OSR reform principles. This training builds on the expertise developed by key partners in the field of local revenue generation as well as UN-Habitat's own experiences from various parts of the globe. It is a condensed and intense course that will challenge local government officials and their national government partners to rethink how they are raising local revenues. It will equally challenge development partners in their approach to sustainable urbanization, and make the case that OSR reform is often one of the key entry points for broader Municipal Finance and governance reform in developing countries.


To provide an overview of why OSR optimization is important To provide an overview of the types of OSR challenges in developing countries To provide practical insights to how OSR can be optimized To provide participants with a means of prioritizing among various OSR reform options