Cities have a key role to play in the need for more equitable approaches to economic development. But the role of municipal public goods and services in enabling such development, particularly in under-resourced secondary cities, is less highlighted. This Infopoint session brings together a range of perspectives and experiences to understand how improved access to public goods and services can be supported as a pathway to local economic development that works for all.
The point of departure is the economic realities of under-resourced secondary cities, exemplified by stories from Uganda. A video screening and presentation will highlight challenges and possible solutions. This will be followed by perspectives from EU, UNDP and Cities Alliance engagement in cities in the global south to support access to municipal services and promote local economic development.