Episode 2

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1st Oct 2020

Capital LoCAST S2 Episode 2

Yvonne Aki Sawyer is a finance professional with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, risk management and project management in the public and private sectors. Yvonne is passionate about the development of Sierra Leone. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MSc in Politics of the World Economy (London School of Economics) and a BSc Hons in Economics (Fourah Bay College). She is married with two children.

Yvonne was elected Mayor of Freetown on 7th March 2018 with a commitment to transform the city and improve the lives of Freetonians.

Freetown:

Freetown is Sierra Leone’s capital city and the seat of government. It is the largest city in Sierra Leone and the engine of Sierra Leones economy, creating 30% of the country’s GDP despite housing only 15% of its population, and occupying less than 0.5% of the national land mass. With over one million residents, and a growth rate of 4.2% per annum, Freetown’s population is expected to double by 2028

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Capital Locast
Talking Local, Globally
The United Nations Capital Development Fund is a Centre of Excellence and Innovative Fund for Local Government Finance and Local Economic Development Finance. UNCDF and United Cities and Local Governments have joined in a coalition for a global financial ecosystem that works for cities and local governments.

The climate emergency is real. The scale of the plastics problem is only just starting to be understood. Inequality and migration are increasing. Urbanization is unstoppable. The world’s response to these development challenges is Agenda 2030 and the 2015 Paris Agreement.

But the development finance architecture is missing something. Local Governments are indispensable agents in solving these problems. Whilst national governments, civil society, and the private sector can achieve a lot, without a revolution in local government finance it will be impossible to build a sustainable liveable world. Our mission is to build the bridge to that future by leading the redesign of local government finance as an accelerator of global development. Capital LoCAST will be talking local, globally.

In the first season of Capital LoCAST, experts and thought leaders will set out the economic analysis and the policy agenda for a financial ecosystem that works for cities and local governments.

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United Nations Capital Development Fund

The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries (LDCs).

UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF pursues innovative financing solutions through: (1) financial inclusion, which expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in the local economy, while also providing differentiated products for women and men so they can climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; (2) local development finance, which shows how fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion, women’s economic empowerment, climate adaptation, and sustainable development; and (3) a least developed countries investment platform that deploys a tailored set of financial instruments to a growing pipeline of impactful projects in the “missing middle.’’