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In Africa, Accra Leads in Progress on SDGs

February 1, 2021 / 0 Comments

Africa faces the most challenges of any region in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitments, given its high levels of environmental degradation, poverty, and unemployment along with rapid population growth and weak state institutions. In ESI ThoughtLab’s survey of 167 cities across six regions designed to explore cities’ progress on the SDGs, African […]

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Bogota: How Data Helps Tackle Mobility and Transportation Challenges

February 1, 2021 / 0 Comments

Urban mobility is a critical factor for the economic productivity of a city, and for the quality of life of its citizens and their access to basic services. In the wake of COVID-19, cities are reevaluating their urban mobility strategies and policies. According to ESI ThoughtLab’s survey of 167 cities globally, 55% of city leaders […]

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Expert Views: Smart Cities Should Be Sustainable Too

February 1, 2021 / 0 Comments

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become an essential tool to overcome the devastating impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on cities. ESI ThoughtLab’s survey of 167 cities worldwide determined that 77% of cities have included each of the SDGs as a framework for their plans. With a public health crisis to solve […]

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Expert Views: Post-Pandemic Trends in Cities

November 13, 2020 / 1 Comment

As city leaders around the world continue to cope with the impacts of COVID-19, they are also assessing which will remain with us in a post-pandemic world. Repercussions of the health crisis, including recession, high unemployment, and the new urban exodus, have highlighted weaknesses and underscore why leaders need to improve public health and other […]

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Learning from Las Vegas: An Innovative Approach to Partnering Through Pilots

March 13, 2020 / 0 Comments

Today in Present Value, we highlight a case study from Building a Hyperconnected City. We review Las Vegas’ pilot system, highlighting two pilot programs specifically – a park safety pilot application and driving detection pilot. Instead of issuing traditional RFPs, Las Vegas has established a pilot system in which companies work with the city to […]

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Kista Science City, Stockholm: Engaging With The Public To Test New Ideas

January 31, 2020 / 0 Comments

Today in Present Value, we feature a case study from Building a Hyperconnected City, released by our thought leadership arm, ESI ThoughtLab. We review the successes and failures of the smart city projects in place in Kista Science City, Stockholm. The district of Kista is a major information and communication technology (ICT) cluster, second only […]

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