Over the past two decades, “smart cities” have proliferated around the globe as a way to build more efficient and liveable urban environments. Initially, the concept of “smart cities” was largely supply-driven, with the private sector taking the lead in defining both the problem and the solution. The time has come to take stock of these experimentations! Are smart cities just a buzzword, or do they really deliver better opportunities and well-being for all residents?
The Roundtable brought together key stakeholders from cities, regions, national governments, the private sector, civil society, academia, philanthropy and international organisations to:
- Learn from a common understanding of the concept of smart cities across the globe and raise awareness on the policy implications for inclusive growth;
- Share policies, practices and knowledge on how to get smart city initiatives right, and shape the way forward to upscale success stories and minimise pitfalls to avoid;
- Advance the data measurement agenda to co-produce an analytical and indicator framework to assess the smart cities’ performance and their contribution to inclusive growth;
- Understand opportunities and challenges related to the disruptions of digital innovation on city governance, data ownership and disclosure, private sector participation, and citizen engagement.
The Roundtable kicked-off CFE’s Programme on “Smart Cities and Inclusive Growth”, which aims to:
- redefine the concept of smart cities around the contribution of digital innovation to better lives for all people;
- measure how smart cities perform and ultimately deliver well-being outcomes for citizens; and
- guide local and national governments in their efforts to reshape city governance, business models and stakeholder engagement.