NYC2018: Smart Governance

Planning People Cities

Sharing on the importance of the importance of Smart Governance at the International Republican Institute (IRA). According to the United Nations, more than 54% of the world’s population now resides in urban areas – a figure set to rise to 67% by 2050. And these urban centers are becoming increasingly important drivers of national and regional economic growth. Clearly, with cities around the world competing on the global stage for investment and top people talent, harnessing the true potential of urbanization to boost shared prosperity and eradicate extreme poverty depends on having a clear and long-term vision.

Planning meeting at the International Republican Institute (IRI-Uganda) with Strategic partners related to the Critical Reflection on the National Youth Congress (NYC2018#) which focused on Road map, congress program, Partner Engagements The congress has very high considerable knowledge dissemination for understanding the Smart Cities Concept, the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III) and the Green Growth (NGGDS) for Uganda by development partners,local actors, influencers and decision making agent.

With more and more of us living in cities, urbanization is creating significant opportunities for social and economic development and more sustainable living. But it’s also exerting significant pressure on infrastructure and resources and potentially opening the door to escalating social inequality.

  • If cities don’t work for investors, employers and citizens alike, then the interconnected flows of trade, capital, people and technology will stall. Planning and developing the urban eco-system –
  • To address a range of infrastructure, transit, utilities and connectivity challenges, city administrators will need to harness data-driven intelligence to identify appropriate priorities and ensure overall liveability for all residents.
  • But that’s not all. To counter the multiple social challenges arising from urbanization, they must ensure that data sources – which today mostly sit in silos across agencies and departments and commercial third party providers – can be brought together seamlessly. Only then will they be able to ease citizen burden through the delivery of predictive services – getting the right services to the right population cohort, at the right time.
  • Little wonder then that many municipalities are embracing the ‘smart city’ concept. But the definition of what a smart city is, or should be, varies significantly.

For some, it’s about using technology to optimize city operations and urban flows. For others it’s about initiating smart governance where policy making is more flexible, practical and closer to citizens – enabling experimentation, open dialogue and fast-paced adaption in which policies are ‘initiated from below, and diffused by example’.


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