Dakar Municipal Finance Program:Accessing the Power of Capital Markets to Improve the Quality of Life for the Urban Poor
Country/Region:Senegal City:Dakar Year Submitted:2014
  At the onset of the Dakar Municipal Finance Program (DMFP), the Municipal Council, led by Mayor Khalifa Sail, passed a resolution empowering the DMFP to explore the most cost-effective option to deliver funds for capital investment projects to improve the quality of life for the urban poor. Following a comprehensive scoping assessment, and with the full input of the Mayor and his legal advisors, the DMFP recommended the issuance of a municipal bond, a pioneering tool in sub-Saharan Africa.
Educational Parks for Youth
Country/Region:Colombia City:Antioquia Year Submitted:2014
  The program began as a strategy within the development plan “Antioquia, the Most Educated” and has become the main driver to transform education in Antioquia and create opportunities for regional development. Through a widespread mobilization, local authorities and communities competed to win their Park, sighing commitments in their proposals. A public policy that will support the Network of 80 Educational Parks that are being built is currently being developed and municipal authorities are signing local council agreements and citizens’ pacts to guarantee sustainability.
Our Ever Evolving City
Country/Region:New Zealand City:Christchurch Year Submitted:2014
  Following the Canterbury earthquakes, Christchurch City Council launched the Share an Idea community engagement process, in which the public submitted over 106,000 ideas for the Christchurch rebuild. The community’s vision was for a liveable, vibrant, green and prosperous city.
Public Bike Sharing
Country/Region:China City:Hangzhou Year Submitted:2014
  The urban traffic development strategy of “Public Transport Priority” was established in Dec. 2006 according to the Opinions on Economic Policies for Preferential Development of Urban Public Transport jointly issued by four ministries and commissions including MOHURD. In consideration of the local condition in development and implementation of policies and measures for preferential development of urban public transport, Hangzhou Municipality put forward the “Five-in-One” Urban Public Transport Service System with characteristics of Hangzhou and the “public bicycle” was absorbed into the public transport service system for the first time.
Smart City Bristol 2014
Country/Region:UK City:Bristol Year Submitted:2014
  In 2012, Bristol became a signatory of the ‘Covenant of Mayors’. As defined on their website: ‘The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020.’
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