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    Changing behaviour in Freetown: Property revenue

    Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, discusses how the city is using geo-mapping tools to improve the collection of property rates revenue.

    25 Feb 2020

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    Towards sustainable water provision in Mandalay

    The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) is currently making a major loss in running its water system, with a deficit exceeding 50% of their operation and maintenance costs. This is without accounting for the need to expand and upgrade the system, much of which still stems from colonial times. How can policymakers ensure a sustainable future for piped-water supply in...

    19 Feb 2020 | Tanvi Nagpal, Ankit Chatri

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    Urbanisation in fragile societies: Thinking about Kabul

    As part of the Blavatnik School of Government’s “Challenges of Government” Conference, the International Growth Centre’s Cities that Work team put together a panel on identity and legitimacy in Kabul. The discussion highlighted the importance of building legitimacy in fragile contexts, particularly given the emergence of fragmented identities and new networks of...

    13 Feb 2020 | Oliver Harman, Freshta Karim, Shoaib Rahim, Shahrukh Wani

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    Navigating the urban age

    Whatever we might say is right or wrong with cities of the 21st century, they are indisputably a defining feature of our age. As much as we are post-modern, post-gender or post-colonial, we are also post-rural. Our existence, for an increasing majority, is urban. Even more than that, our aspirations are urban. This is visible almost everywhere. In the US, people with...

    11 Feb 2020 | Oliver Harman, Shahrukh Wani

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    Urban data innovations: Three cities showing their smarts

    Last year the International Growth Centre (IGC) co-hosted a policy workshop in Washington DC in the United States (US) with the World Bank, George Washington University, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) as part of the 6th Urbanisation and Poverty Reduction Conference. The theme was ‘Leveraging new data for better urban management and policies’. This year,...

    10 Feb 2020 | Victoria Delbridge, Oliver Harman

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    IGC at the World Urban Forum

    The IGC's Cities that Work team is hosting a series of events as part of the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi: The session Data-driven innovation in city governance: Exploring global lessons and quick-wins will utilise both cutting-edge research and case studies of individual city reforms to illustrate how harnessing data can improve city governance and urban...

    11–13 February 2020

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    Building city resilience: Data lessons from Cape Town

    Hugh Cole (Director of Policy and Strategy, City of Cape Town) discusses how the city used innovative techniques to respond to a crisis in water supplies.

    4 Feb 2020

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    Traffic management: Data lessons from Lagos and Kampala

    Traffic congestion can cost working time and be detrimental to a city's productivity. Biodun Otunola (CEO Planet Projects, Lagos) and Andrew Kitaka (Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority) discuss how data can be used to improve traffic management in developing cities.

    4 Feb 2020

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    Video: Urban management: Data lessons from Amman

    Reham Bataineh, Head of Local Plans Division for the Greater Amman Municipality, discusses Amman's transition from using a manual data system to a geographical one and how it has helped evidence-based decision making in the city.

    28 Jan 2020

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    Creating successful data systems: Data lessons from Cape Town

    Craig Kesson, Executive Director for Corporate Services at the City of Cape Town, discusses the city council's experience of improving their use of datasets for the benefit of the city.

    21 Jan 2020