Simanti Bandyopadhyay, Firdousi Naher, and Aishna Sharma have released a working paper called “Towards Sustainable Cities: Lessons from Urban Decentralization in India and Bangladesh,” which compares the finances and service delivery in India and Bangladesh. Specifically, the authors make a systematic analysis of three corporations in the region: the Indian city of Kolkata (Kolkata Municipal Corporation, KMC) and the city corporations in Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka (Dhaka North City Corporation, DNCC, and Dhaka South City Corporation, DSCC).
The main findings suggest that the revenue receipts of KMC is significantly higher than that of either DNCC or DSCC or even both the bodies combined. This is true for own revenue as well as for grants from the upper tiers. The authors also estimate the GCP for Dhaka and Kolkata and run simulation exercises to estimate revenue capacities.
Read the full working paper here.
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