Smart & Digital Development

Spotlight on: Young Voices

Digital Surveys to Access Marginalised Views in Favela Communities

By |2022-08-09T11:36:29+02:00August 4th 2022|Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , , , |

The study of favelas has been characterised by traditional methods, usually consisting of paper-and-pen interviews and field research. Recent studies suggest that digital platforms are a convenient way to access marginalised populations. Maria Luisa Tarozzo Kawasaki shares her experiences with digital surveys in São Paulo's favela Vila Missionaria and explains how they caused her to develop Neibz, a software tool for urban data surveying.

SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

Urban Living Labs in Bangkok: Potential for Thai Cities

By |2022-04-14T09:31:06+02:00April 14th 2022|Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health, , , |

Traditional, top-down urban planning has failed to meet the needs of urban dwellers in Thailand. Pongpisit Huyakorn, director of Bangkok-based Urban Studies Lab, makes a case for urban living labs as a more people-centred approach.

How Digital Data and Mapping Shaped Bangladesh’s Urban Climate Resilience Plans

By |2022-03-21T19:38:05+01:00March 17th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , , |

Female indigenous residents of informal settlements in coastal Bangladesh are especially vulnerable to risks induced by climate change. Digital mapping ensures that they are adequately considered in the development of urban climate resilience plans.

SPOTLIGHT ON: DIGITALISATION AND GOVERNANCE

The 5 Biggest Obstacles to E-Government

By |2022-02-23T14:42:13+01:00February 22nd 2022|Smart & Digital Development, , , |

Despite its many benefits, the digital transformation of the public sector is progressing slowly in many countries. Abdoul Malick Tapsoba shares critical insights into some of the biggest obstacles to digitalising public administration in Burkina Faso.

spotlight on: digitalisation and governance

Intelligent and Inclusive: The Smart City of Poznań

By |2022-02-17T15:29:15+01:00February 17th 2022|Smart & Digital Development, , , , |

Meet the award-winning smart city of Poznań! By Michal Lakomski, Director of Digitalisation and Cybersecurity of the City of Poznań.

spotlight on: digitalisation and governance

How to Build the Intelligent City of Tomorrow

By |2022-02-15T10:57:09+01:00February 15th 2022|Smart & Digital Development, , , , |

Citizens everywhere are increasingly demanding that their cities become more ‘intelligent’ and intuitive. Michal Lakomski, Director of Digitalisation and Cybersecurity of the City of Poznań, on building the smart city of tomorrow.

SPOTLIGHT ON: DIGITALISATION AND GOVERNANCE

Have Digital Maps Altered Our Experience of Urban Surroundings?

By |2022-02-10T08:17:13+01:00February 10th 2022|Smart & Digital Development, , , , |

For many of us, digital maps have become an integral part of everyday life. As common as they have become, we should be aware that they change how we experience cities, argues Matthew Hanchard.

SPOTLIGHT ON: DIGITALISATION AND GOVERNANCE

How To Do Digital Government: Experiences From E-Mongolia

By |2022-02-08T10:23:51+01:00February 8th 2022|Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development, , , |

Almost a year ago, Mongolia launched the e-Mongolia platform to streamline public service delivery. The goals were to reduce bureaucracy, decrease duplication of effort between government organisations, and counter citizens' frustration with inefficient public services. Bolor-Erdene Battsengel on learnings and successes.

To Advance Water Justice, We Need Data Justice

By |2022-04-04T11:10:28+02:00February 3rd 2022|Smart & Digital Development, Water & Sanitation, , , |

Set in the desert and with large numbers of unregistered citizens, water justice is a major concern in Lima, Peru. Fenna Imara Hoefsloot outlines how the city's digital water infrastructure excludes parts of the population from reliable water supply.

How the Pandemic Can Teach Us to Leave No Child Behind

By |2022-01-13T12:22:59+01:00January 13th 2022|Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , , , |

While online learning may not be the panacea for problems caused and amplified by COVID-19, it’s certainly a great place to start, writes Lindiwe Matlali, Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks.

E-Commerce in Ecuador: Farmers Oppose the Pandemic

By |2021-11-09T09:26:45+01:00November 8th 2021|Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health, , , , |

The pandemic has been especially challenging for the agricultural sector. But a new farmer-owned online marketplace puts sustainable produce on the table and creates jobs for rural communities. By Rosa Rodriguez

The Tech-Bin That Revolutionises Circular Waste Management

By |2021-10-21T16:29:29+02:00October 21st 2021|Energy & Waste, Smart & Digital Development, , , |

An intelligent solar-powered device that lights up our streets, educates residents about recycling and gives you free Wi-Fi? What sounds like a far-fetched dream is now a reality! Meet the T-Bin for circular waste management. By Founder Eddy Gitonga

Transparent and Accountable: Ukrainian Cities Fight for Openness

By |2021-09-02T10:32:31+02:00September 2nd 2021|Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Local authorities often perceive publishing information about their activities as a tedious responsibility. But Ukrainian cities prove that digital openness is a chance for rising investments, growth of trust, and increased human resources. By Olena Ogorodnik from Transparency International Ukraine

Blended Data Infrastructures and Localisation: Smart Urbanism in the Age of Pandemic

By |2021-08-16T18:01:58+02:00August 11th 2021|Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health, , , |

Smart city initiatives have played an increasingly prominent role in urban planning. However, there remains a fundamental gap between data driven urban governance and promoting inclusivity. Jaideep Gupte argues that cities that prioritise citizens over technologies are likely to be the ‘smartest’ and most liveable.

Jordan Needs More Innovative Solutions for its Transport Woes

By |2021-05-25T09:19:52+02:00May 25th 2021|Smart & Digital Development, Urban Mobility, , |

How do women get to work when there is no public transport they can safely use? Much too often, they simply do not. Sahar Aloul on what needs to change in Jordan's transport policies.

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