The Human Rights Dimensions of India’s Smart Cities Mission

By |2018-08-16T09:32:32+00:00August 16th 2018|global urban debates, green & smart development, inclusion, smart & digital development, Tags: , , , |

Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network argues that India’ Smart Cities Mission lacks a human rights dimension – with highly problematic consequences.

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Why the Smart Cities Movement Will Change Indian Cities Profoundly

By |2018-08-16T09:34:26+00:00August 14th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, smart & digital development, Tags: , |

The concept of 'smart cities' is celebrated globally as one solution to the problems of urbanisation. Jagan Shah argues that in India, the Smart Cities Mission helps to overcome outdated structures in urban planning and governance.

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How Can Cities in Digital India Contribute to Building a Circular Economy?

By |2018-07-12T15:23:39+00:00July 5th 2018|smart & digital development, Tags: , , , , , |

India has embarked on a Smart Cities Mission. But what do “smart” or “digital” cities actually have to deliver if they are to be a new model for sustainable urbanism? Urvashi Aneja analyses opportunities and risks of technological innovation and digital inclusion.

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“Being a smart city means making smart decisions” – interview with Mario Arauz from the city of Guadalajara

By |2018-03-28T11:12:56+00:00March 28th 2018|smart & digital development, Tags: , , , , |

Known as a technology hub, Guadalajara is Mexico’s answer to Silicon Valley. No wonder then that the city is in the process of transforming itself into a smart city. URBANET talked to Mario Arauz, Director of Government Innovation and Intelligent Cities, about Guadalajara’s take on the smart city concept.

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“I believe that technology can foster democracy” – interview with Kalpana Viswanath from Safetipin

By |2018-03-26T15:42:32+00:00March 26th 2018|inclusion, smart & digital development, Tags: , , , , |

Kalpana Viswanath from Safetipin, a mobile app developed to support community and women's safety, points out what she is currently missing in the smart city debate and explains to URBANET how technology can actually be used in an inclusive way to promote democracy and citizenship.

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How M-Pesa is changing everyday life in Kenya

By |2017-10-14T15:05:49+00:00July 31st 2017|green & smart development, smart & digital development, Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mobile money has revolutionised the lives of many people in the Global South, most of all the ones living in difficult economic circumstances. The M-Pesa service in Kenya is one of these success stories. Judith Owigar describes how it helps making basic services like water and energy available to citizens.

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“I think the Smart Cities are on the right track” – An interview with GP Hari, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.

By |2017-10-14T15:17:57+00:00April 28th 2017|green & smart development, smart & digital development, Tags: , , , , , , |

The city of Kochi in India is a Smart City, meaning that it is well connected and accessible, and over time is being developed into a clean, green and healthy city that is governed in a smart way. In an interview with URBANET, GP Hari from Kochi Metro Rail Ltd talks about how the city is tackling the Smart City approach and what the future might bring.

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Collaborating for a geographical information system in Kairouan

By |2017-10-14T15:53:04+00:00November 8th 2016|green & smart development, smart & digital development, Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

For sustainable urban planning, administrative bodies, service providers and citizens need to work together. In Kairouan, Tunisia, different actors are collaborating to put in place a comprehensive geographical information system for their city.

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