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Uraía partners met in Nicosia to exchange experiences on municipal innovation

More than 30 representatives of cities and their partners from all around the world met last month in Cyprus during Uraía’s 2016 workshop. Participants shared experiences on how they have been applying SMART technologies to positively impact the municipal budget, and particularly by increasing municipal revenue through improved tax collection or generating savings through energy efficiency policies. And even more important, how these increased municipal resources are transformed into better, more efficient and inclusive public services. Case studies presented included experiences from: Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Rwanda, Colombia, Guarulhos (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Cartago (Costa Rica), Argentina, Kathmandu (Nepal), Levahim (Israel), Santander (Spain). Visit our webpage HERE for more information on the agenda, the participants and pictures!

Call for contributions for the 2016 Guidelines Report: share your experience

Following-up on the Nicosia meeting, this year’s Uraia Guidelines document will focus on how SMART technologies can be applied by local governments to increase their revenue or decrease expenses. It will display a series of concrete case studies, experiences, and point of views of cities and their partners; stress challenges, opportunities and lessons learned shared by local governments around the world, and establish concrete recommendations to decision makers who face similar situations and wish to find innovative ways to address the citizen’s demands for better services.

If you wish to contribute to the guidelines document elaboration and have your city or institution’s experience included, contact us at

Check out HERE last year’s Uraía Guidelines Report on SMART PPPs.

Upcoming: save the date for next Uraia meeting

The Platform will organize a working session at the 5th UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) Congress, The World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, to be held on October 12-15 2016, in Bogota (Colombia).  More information coming soon!


Promote your city at the Connected City Summit, organized by UCLG Digital Cities Committee, in Liverpool, June 28th
The UCLG Committee of Digital and Knowledge-based Cities is organizing its annual event in Liverpool, UK on June 28th. The Connected City Summit expects to gather over 100 cities representatives and will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities in their cities, as well as hear the latest developments from global leaders in wireless and SMART technology. The meeting will create an environment for city managers to exchange knowledge and create best practices with their counterparts in other cities. For more information on how to participate see HERE or contact our coordinator, Mariana Nascimento at mariana.nascimento (a)
Do you have experience in civic participation? Share it at the CityLab: Urban Solutions Conference
The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies will host their fourth annual “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges,” to be held in Miami from October 23-25, 2016. The summit will bring together practitioners and those who work closely with cities to advance bold, scalable ideas and solutions that are making cities more livable and sustainable. The organizers are looking for speakers able to share their experiences on the use of technologies to increase citizen participation. If you are interested in potentially being selected to speak, send a paragraph describing your experience to Mariana Nascimento at mariana.nascimento (a) Click HERE for more information on CityLab.
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