SMART technologies such as applications via mobile phones, sensors or smart cards offer huge opportunities to improve local administration and build connected, inclusive and more efficient territories. However, choosing the right products and mechanisms can be a challenge for local governments. Sharing experiences, failures and successes with peers is therefore a key element of the learning process.
The Uraía Platform was created in 2014 by the FMDV and the Local Government and Decentralization Unit of UN-Habitat, as a space for exchange between local governments and their partners about the possibilities offered with the introduction of SMART technologies in local public management. Uraía facilitates peer-to-peer learning, fosters transfer and adaptation of SMART solutions, and encourages experimentation.
To make decisions regarding innovation in municipal management through the use of SMART technologies, local governments need access to updated information on the various available options. Up to today, our team has analyzed and assessed the experiences of 30 cities around the world in the implementation of SMART projects for better city management. Our Inspiring practices catalogue is available online in English, French and Spanish and keeps growing each month. Our goal is to support the transfer of knowledge and best practices from cities that have already implemented SMART projects, learning from successes as well as from common mistakes.
Once a year, the members of Uraía meet up to discuss a topic that is priority in their agenda and jointly elaborate guidelines, collect practices and assess on-going projects. Each year a different theme is selected based on the needs of the participant cities.
Public-Private Partnerships negotiation for SMART city management, Oslo, June 2015.
Transparent and accountable cities: innovative solutions for municipal management and finance, Madrid, February 2017.
Based on the compiled experiences and analyzing trends and elements commonly happening in experimenting with SMART experiences, Uraía has generated two documents:
Uraía supports innovation in local public management by encouraging the introduction of SMART technologies in three main areas:
Uraía is an alliance of a variety of actors working together to identify concrete solutions to reinforce municipal finances, improve transparency and cost-effectiveness in urban services provision. Uraía is a network of more than 100 partners from all the 5 continents: