Enid Slack is the Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) and an Adjunct Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Enid has been working on municipal finance and governance issues in Canada and abroad for 35 years. She has been retained by the Forum of Federations, World Bank, IMF, CIDA, UN Habitat, and ADB to work in countries such as Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, and South Africa. Enid has written several books and articles on decentralization, property taxes, intergovernmental transfers, financing municipal infrastructure, and municipal governance.
Capital cities are unique because they are not only the seat of the national governments, but also serve as the host of national institutions – legislative buildings, museums, arts centres – for which federal governments are responsible.