Austria has provided €1 million ($1.2 million) to a multidonor fund administered by the Inter-American Development Bank.
The contribution was made at the annual IDB board of governors’ meeting, which took place in Montevideo in Uruguay. The fund is part of IDB’s sustainable emerging cities initiative, which was launched last year.
The fund will be of help to cities wishing to use the bank’s diagnostic and planning methodology to develop long-term strategies for environmental, urban, governance and fiscal sustainability. It is part of the bank’s plan to expand the initiative to include more cities from its 26 borrowing member countries in the next five years.
IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno said the initiative will identify cities in Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Nicaragua and Jamaica this year. But he said donor governments, firms and foundations are welcome to sponsor the participation of other cities. FEMSA Foundation and the International Community Foundation recently agreed to sponsor the city of La Paz in Baja California, Mexico.
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