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  • International Case Studies of Smart Cities: Singapore, Republic of Singapore

    Lee, Sang Keon;Kwon, Heeseo Rain;Cho, HeeAh;Kim, Jongbok;Lee, Donju

    Date: Jun, 2016

    This case study is one of ten international studies developed by the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), in association with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), for the cities of Anyang, Medellin, Namyangju, Orlando, Pangyo, Rio de Janeiro, Santander, Singapore, Songdo, and Tel Aviv. At the IDB, the Competitiveness and Innovation Division (CTI), the Fiscal and Municipal Management Division (FMM), and the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) coordinated the study. This project was part of technical cooperation ME-T1254, financed by the Knowledge Partnership Korean Fund for Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Korea. At KRIHS, the National Infrastructure Research Division coordinated the project and the Global Development Partnership Center provided the funding. The smart city initiative of Singapore originated from Smart Nation Vision established in 2014 which seeks to harness ICT, networks and data as a response to growing urban challenges of the aging population, urban density and energy sustainability. With its legendary infrastructure, technical advancement and the quality of human resources, Singapore's smart services are expected to be highly advanced. So far, the most developed smart services in Singapore is the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) with history of more than 10 years, as well as e-government which has been incubated since the early 80s. Smart Nation Vision includes a broad spectrum including smart transport, security, energy, building, education, health, and many more, and some services have been launched as trials while others are on their planning stage. Singapore provides an interesting unique case of an entire nation being developed with utilization of highly advanced smart systems and a new form of data sharing platform among various agencies that operate in a discrete manner.


  • Winds of Change II: Progress and Challenges in Open Government Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Ramírez-Alujas, Álvaro;Dassen, Nicolás

    Date: May, 2016

    Nearly five years following the creation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), 15 member countries in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean are in the process of implementing open government policies. The OGP should be viewed as a collective work platform that enables ordinary citizens, representatives of civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector to collaborate with political authorities and civil servants in the design and implementation of public policy. Public scrutiny will be a measure by which authorities will be held accountable to provide absolute integrity and accountability. This paper is a continuation of the first review made of the regional panorama with regard to open government policy that was contained in the publication, Winds of Change, which examined the First Action Plans that were presented to the OGP by the same 15 member countries. This sequence provides a review of the Second Action Plans, and is an update in the form of a single statistical document that highlights the number of commitments and the issues that need addressing. The paper will focus on the OGP process and will offer recommendations on how to further stimulate the exercise and improve the quality of the information.


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