As we stated in this series’ first publication, GovTech ecosystems bring great opportunities for local governments that wish to transform and digitize their operations and for innovative companies (startups, SMEs and scaleups) that want to grow by developing solutions for major public challenges. In addition to making these opportunities a reality, the GovTech space transforms … [Read more...] about How can I develop a GovTech strategy for my city?
On March 8, 1857, thousands of female workers from textile factories took to the streets of New York to protest the precarious and unfair working conditions. This event inspired hundreds of mobilizations that completely turned the vision of women's rights. Today, more than a hundred years later, in tribute to the bravery of these women, we celebrate “International Women's Day,” … [Read more...] about Women as pillars for the recovery of cities
The COVID-19 pandemic has put national and sub-national governments around the world to the test. Public health systems have been overwhelmed by an exponential increase in patients while governments have had tremendous difficulties in detecting and controlling infections. At the same time, the provision of essential public services such as education or public transport has at … [Read more...] about Innovative solutions in the public sector: The new Govtech ecosystems
Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean are changing and leading the region’s transformation. If current demographic trends continue, by 2050 more than 86 percent of the region’s population will be living in cities (UN, 2018). Although the region’s 10 largest cities are home to one in four households, fast growing mid-sized cities are increasingly important (Jedwab … [Read more...] about Four Challenges Our Cities Can Overcome
The pandemic continues to spread, exacerbating the problems affecting millions of people in the world's cities, especially those living in a situation of greater informality and inequality. When COVID-19 broke out, I wondered what the tendencies of pandemics have been in the history of cities. To my surprise, I was able to identify four trends that, in my opinion, are still … [Read more...] about Health, the new epicenter of urban development