Aloysius Bongwa

Senior Expert, Urban Finance

E: a.bongwa@ihs.nl
T: +31 10 408 9834

Aloysius Bongwa is an internationally recognized urban management specialist. His focus is fiscal decentralization, local government finance, financial aspects of PPPs, and Housing. He has over twenty years of international working experience in developing and transitional economies in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. As a consultant for international agencies, institutions and programmes such as The World Bank, USAID, GTZ, PADCO, PHARE – The Baltic Sea Region, European Union, MATRA, Mr. Bongwa has worked on a wide range of capacity building, institutional strengthening projects and provided advisory services in over twenty-one countries with both developing and transitional economies, including - Albania, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Latvia, Moldova, Namibia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Mr. Bongwa has provided technical assistance and training in fiscal decentralization, intergovernmental transfers, local government finance, revenue mobilization, property taxation, public private partnerships, planning and urban management. He has been the project manager/coordinator of large multidisciplinary teams preparing and implementing integrated urban development capacity building programmes such as the project Leader of the Professional Urban Management Programme, Poland; Country coordinator, the World Bank’s “Decentralization and Local Government Support Programme in Africa” - Ethiopia; Programme Manager, “Urban Management Masters Programme” – Ethiopia; Project leader “Capacity Building for Urban Management” - Namibia. Team Leader, “Institutional Strengthening and Training for Urban Management Project” – Elaboration of Municipal Finance Manua l-Timisoara, Romania; Housing Team Leader – Ploesti, ‘Building Capacity for Decentralization in Romania’. Team Leader – Capacity Building: “Harnessing the Added Value in PPPs in Infrastructure Provision in the SDAC Region” – Maputo, Mozambique.

Within the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies Mr. Bongwa is currently the Senior Expert in Urban Finance and is involved in the training of urban managers and in providing advisory services on intergovernmental fiscal relations, local government finance, revenue mobilization, and financial management to various Governments at all levels.  

Publications

Gianoli, A. and Bongwa, A., 2013, Financing urban infrastructure : challenges and options. Financing urban infrastructure : challenges and options. 2013. Africa infrastructure investment report 2013. London, Commonwealth Business Communications, pp. 76-78.
Kassahun, S., Bongwa, A. and Dijk, M. P. van eds., 2012, Cities as engines of growth and transformation in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Civil Service University.
Bongwa, A., 2011, On the concept and measurement of fiscal imbalances in Ethiopia. In: (eds.) Bongwa, A.; Kassahun S. and Dijk, M. P. van, Decentralization and service delivery in Ethiopia, Shaker Publishing, Maastricht, pp. 74-89.
Bongwa, A. and Kassahun, S., 2011, Part VII conclusions : conclusions and future research. In: (eds.) Bongwa, A.; Kassahun S. and Dijk, M. P. van Decentralization and service delivery in Ethiopia, Shaker Publishing, Maastricht, pp. 168-173.
Bongwa, A.; Kassahun S. and Dijk, M. P. van (eds.), 2011, Decentralization and service delivery in Ethiopia, Shaker Publishing, Maastricht, xii, 188 p.
Bongwa, A., 2010, Informality in Ethiopia : taxing the hard to tax, In: (eds.) Fransen, J., Kassahun, S. and Dijk, M. P. van , Formalization and informalization processes in urban Ethiopia : incorporating informality, Maastricht, Shaker publishing, pp. 29-46.
Bongwa, A., 2009, Managing Ethiopian cities II : Informality in Ethiopia : taxing the hard to tax (IHS working papers series, no. 22) Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), 49 p.
Odufuwa, B.O., Fransen., J., Bongwa, A., and Gianoli, A., 2009, Cities, theories and reality, Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, vol. 2, no. 10, pp. 243-248
Bongwa, A., 2008, Regulating sub national borrowing, In: (eds.) Dijk, M. P. van and F.ransen, J., Managing Ethiopian cities in an era of rapid urbanisation, Delft, Eburon, pp. 67-96.