The expansion of informal settlements is one of the problems of Latin America and the Caribbean´s (LAC) cities. At least 25% of its population lives in one of them. Why does this phenomenon happen? Can it be reversed? Can technology help us reducing urban informality? In this blog we answer these questions, and, in addition, we will show how a project supported by the IDB … [Read more...] about Can Artificial Intelligence help reducing urban informality? Discover MAIIA, the new IDB software
A smart city puts people at the center of development, incorporates information and communication technologies into urban management and uses these elements as tools to stimulate the design of a government that includes collaborative planning and citizen participation. By promoting integrated and sustainable development, smart cities become more innovative, competitive, attractive and resilient, thus improving lives. Learn more by reading our blog and downloading this publication.
Is it possible for one of the oldest cities to be considered the first eco-sustainable and smart city on the planet? At first, it seemed like a presumptuous idea. However, after watching the video by Andrea Moccia, science communicator and founder of one of my favorite websites, my questions fade away. I found it so interesting that I decided to adapt it for our blog to explore … [Read more...] about Matera: The world’s oldest eco-sustainable and smart city
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is one of the most urbanized regions in the world. However, only a small number of the cities in the region could be considered as " smart cities". Nevertheless, many municipalities are working to maximize the potential provided by the use of information and communication technologies to improve the lives of their inhabitants. The … [Read more...] about Is my city ready to become a smart city?
Govtech ecosystems, defined as ecosystems composed of startups, scale-ups and digital SMEs with solutions developed for public institutions, are already a reality in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). These governments need innovation, technology, and new ideas to be able to respond to the expectations of their citizens, an especially urgently need in the current pandemic … [Read more...] about Govtech Ecosystems in Latin America: innovation focused on improving services to citizens
It seems clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has created great challenges in the life and governance of our cities. However, these challenges are not the same for all the inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean. The pandemic has hit the most vulnerable in particular. A part of the population of our cities, which sometimes tends to be unnoticed, are migrants. Migrants … [Read more...] about How can Artificial Intelligence give a voice to vulnerable populations?