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Inter-American Development Bank launches smart city guide

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has released a guide on best practices for managing smart cities, targeting developed and developing countries on a path to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). In the guide published on 12 July, IDB defines a smart city as a city that “places people at the centre of development, incorporates Information and Communication Technologies into urban management, and uses these elements as tools to stimulate the design of an effective government that includes collaborative planning and citizen participation”. The guide is not a one-sizefits-all manual but places the emphasis on local challenges for developing countries, such as security, rather than energy efficiency goals which are more common among richer nations.

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