Urban Rural Partnership: A Win-Win Solution Towards Resilient Growth

By |2019-10-15T13:09:33+02:00October 15th 2019|climate change & resilience, smart & digital development, urban & metropolitan governance, , |

Strengthening urban rural connections is essential for building resilient infrastructure, claims Rajib Shaw. However, as examples from Japan show, implementation is often hindered by administrative issues, calling for innovations in governance and communications to make urban rural partnerships a reality.

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Smart Cities and Slum Resilience

By |2019-10-08T10:09:20+02:00October 8th 2019|climate change & resilience, smart & digital development, , , , , |

The concept of smart cities brings with it both risks and opportunities for informal settlements. Through technical innovation, they do have the potential of making slums more resilient, argues Laurinda Godjo – if they are not only smart cities but also inclusive cities.

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How Vietnam Can Ensure Economic Growth and Create Green Cities

By |2019-09-12T10:21:42+02:00September 12th 2019|climate change & resilience, energy & waste, smart & digital development, , , , , , , , |

How can Vietnamese cities avoid the environmental pitfalls of rapid urbanisation? Adam Ward proposes solution-driven policies for key areas.

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How Local Governments Can Support Micro-Businesses and Start-Ups

By |2019-08-13T09:58:35+02:00August 13th 2019|smart & digital development, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

Start-ups and Micro-businesses drive innovation and quality control and provide employment. The intervention of local governments can create conditions where such small businesses can thrive, says Ayodotun Stephen Ibidunni.

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Saudi Arabia’s Smart Cities Program: Why Local Government is Imperative to Digital Transformation

By |2019-08-08T09:48:13+02:00August 8th 2019|smart & digital development, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Cities can only become “smart” if they are responsive to their citizens – therefore, local governments need to take the lead in the digital transformation, says Bilal Saghir.

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Don’t Build Spaces, Build Ecosystems

By |2019-02-28T10:50:03+02:00February 28th 2019|decent work, peer learning & co production, smart & digital development, , , , , |

When opening creative spaces, it is not enough to simply designate a space and add tools and technology, says Roman Vydro, co-Founder of Garage Hub, a community workshop in Kharkiv, Ukraine. What is way more important, is to include a variety of people and let their input create an entire creative ecosystem.

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Act Globally, Act Locally

By |2019-02-14T13:07:39+02:00February 14th 2019|economic development, smart & digital development, , , , , |

An oft mentioned phrase in development parlance is “think globally, act locally”. Yet, when the change we seek is improved livelihoods globally, is local action enough? Doug Ragan, Rolf Wichmann, and Raphael Obonyo claim that local action is critical yet can’t be done in isolation of national and international realities. In their article, they explore different interventions that can be utilised to address the issue of improving youth livelihoods through interventions from the local to the global.

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Promoting Sustainable Urban Development Through Impact Innovation

By |2019-01-24T13:54:57+02:00January 10th 2019|economic development, smart & digital development, , , , , |

Human-centred impact innovation can be an extraordinary source of social and economic growth for cities and metropolitan areas in developing regions that drives growth of urban communities, supporting equitable and sustainable development and inclusive prosperity.

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The Human Rights Dimensions of India’s Smart Cities Mission

By |2018-08-16T09:32:32+02:00August 16th 2018|global urban debates, green & smart development, inclusion, smart & digital development, , , , |

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+02:00August 14th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, smart & digital development, , |

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+02:00July 5th 2018|smart & digital development, , , , |

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+02:00March 28th 2018|smart & digital development, , , , , |

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+02:00March 26th 2018|inclusion, smart & digital development, , , , , |

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+02:00July 31st 2017|green & smart development, smart & digital development, , , , , , , |

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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