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Virtual Knowledge Exchange Program: Smart Cities for Climate Resilience

February 23, 2022 | 7:00 AM |

Building smart cities in developing countries goes beyond better governance or urban service delivery leveraged by available technology. It also means implementing smart and sustainable strategies for planning, managing, and governing cities in the way to improve the life of all social classes. Interactions and collaborations brought by smart technologies, government-led and citizen-driven initiatives, and Public-Private-Partnerships are key to increasing the efficiency of service delivery for all. The Netherlands offers one of the best examples of research and experimentation on smart, sustainable and low-carbon living scenarios, which can apply to many developing countries in the context of decreasing resources and emerging environmental and social issues. 


The main objective of the Virtual Knowledge Exchange Program on “Smart Cities for Climate Resilience” was to promote knowledge sharing between the key stakeholders in the government, private sector, civil society and academia from the Netherlands and the World Bank client countries on building smart cities for the climate resilient future. This virtual knowledge exchange built on the successful face-to-face knowledge exchange programs in the Netherlands, in 2017 and 2019. Two-day event showcased Dutch innovations which focuses on minimizing the climate impact and maximizing the cities’ potential for the economy, its people, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

The discussions focused on: 

  1. Showcasing Dutch expertise and sharing the planning, implementing, and financing initiatives that made smart city projects a success 

  1. Facilitating interactive sessions where participants can share inspiring experiences, knowledge 

  1. Connecting the World Bank clients with different actors in the Netherlands in the smart city space to tackle their challenges in creating smart cities.


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