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EGA 6: Develop Resilient and Self-Sufficient Financial Arrangements

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    Kassia Rudd

    Our Berlin Arena (learn more here) brought practitioners, researchers, and activists together to share their experiences working towards change. Let’s continue to learn from one another here by critically considering the 6 Enabling Governance Arrangements (EGA) described by the University of Freiburg team.

    EGA 6: Develop Resilient and Self-Sufficient Financial Arrangements

    Many community-led initiatives for sustainable and just cities rely on public funding (subsidies, grants etc) to carry out their activities. But changing political priorities and economic crises can restrict this funding. Developing a financial arrangement that contains a well thought-out value proposition, delivery, and capture, as well as considering the model’s risks, such as being tied to single sources of funding, will make them more resilient in the face of austerity. However, this is no easy task, since many of community-led projects serve low-income residents and cannot rely on them to finance it. Additionally, since funding sources and business models (often) also reflect the values of the organization using them, community-led organizations and projects may have to think carefully about accepting funding from bigger institutions, as it potentially may conflict with their own political views and environmental and societal goals. But high quality interventions can also be relatively low-cost, both in start-up costs or in upkeep, which reduces risk of investment without reducing potential positive impact. (Learn more here!)

    1) Which parts of this EGA do you consider important for making cities more sustainable and just?

    2) What are barriers faced by city-makers who are trying to implement this EGA? Also think about context-specific barriers (e.g. between wealthy/poor, big/small, eastern/western cities etc.)

    Let’s continue the conversation!

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