All together now: mobilising public resources for integrated infrastructure solutions
Nexus theory, which promotes integration of sectors, is in tension with public administration approaches which separate departments, funding lines and mandates, making integrated approaches difficult for local government to implement. However, purposeful mobilisation of public finance tools, such as Own-Revenue Generation, Strategy-based Budgeting and Sustainable Public Procurement, can support effective investment in infrastructure solutions, as well as integrated implementation. This session explores the question of how changing our funding approaches can allow for the realisation of more sustained and cross-cutting sustainability solutions. Particularly, we ask how finance can drive a shift from project-based, champion-led approaches, towards more programmatic, long-term processes which slowly add and reinforce cross-sectoral integration.