Metropolitan Governance and Finance in Accra, Cape Town, and Nairobi

Client: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Faculty: Paul Smoke, John Gershman
Team: J. Louise Bruce, Emma Darch, Akwaeke Zara Emezi, Hanying Peng, Kimisha Sellers, Leah Vinton
Year: 2012
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. The Institute engaged the Capstone team to assess metropolitan governance and finance practices in Accra, Cape Town, and Nairobi. The team’s research focused on documenting intergovernmental relations, financing mechanisms, and service delivery management as well as exploring key issues around land and its potential for raising revenue. The Capstone team used field interviews and secondary research to produce case studies that explore the interactions between institutional and financial structures and service delivery in each city. This research contributes to an existing collection of case studies developed by previous Capstone teams on Cairo and Manila. These cases will be publicly available on the Lincoln Institute website as a resource for scholars and practitioners interested in local public governance and finance.