Smart & Digital Development

Hyperlocal Neighbourhood Networks: Building Social Capital and Empowering Local Urban Communities

By |2021-02-22T13:11:04+01:00February 28th 2018|Decentralisation, Smart & Digital Development, , , , , |

It has never been easier to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues, wherever they live. Yet most of us still lack a digital infrastructure for connecting with the people living next door. Despite their success in some developed countries, hyperlocal social networks are not a fixture of most local communities. Hence, nebenan.de, Germany’s first hyperlocal communication platform, could offer a model for communities in developing countries seeking to leverage the power of hyperlocal communication to increase social capital, says co-founder Michael Vollmann.

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How M-Pesa is changing everyday life in Kenya

By |2021-02-23T13:56:01+01:00July 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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“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+02:00April 28th 2017|Green & Smart Development, Smart & Digital Development, , , , , , , |

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+02:00November 8th 2016|Green & Smart Development, Smart & Digital Development, , , , , , , |

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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