Rethinking finance for development: the Asian Coalition for Community Action (ACCA)
This describes the work of the Asian Coalition for Community Action (ACCA), which supports community-driven slum upgrading in more than 165 cities in 19 Asian nations. This work is also undertaken to catalyze the interest of local government in extending support to the upgrading and in becoming partners to increase its scale and scope. ACCA illustrates a working finance system in which urban poor organizations have the power to decide what is funded, and where decisions are accountable to both them and external funders; also a finance system that helps build needed linkages between those living in informal settlements and local government. This Brief examines different aspects of ACCA including how it uses finance to unlock the potential for community action and engagement with local government, what it supports on the ground and how this contributes to larger-scale change. It also discusses how these initiatives and changes are being assessed and the roles of community architects and other professionals.