Digital tools and solutions at the local level
This database has been developed by TUrbOCliC (Transformation, Urban Opportunities and Climate Change), a cross-sectoral working group comprising of members from TUEWAS (Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia) and SNGA (Governance in Asia).
In a first phase, the urban development actions framework (developd by Urban Catalyst for the Sector Project Cities) served as a categorization starting point for the on-going development of a database on urban digital solutions.
Based on a literature review, fields of action have been defined to structure the selection of several urban development actions. These broadly respond to the range of sectoral tasks and themes generally to be addressed within cities.
The fields of action are: mobility and transportation, building and housing, social infrastructures, urban ecology, water and sanitation, waste and circular economies, energy, economic development and strategic urban planning.
This framework proved suitable to categorize several different digital tools and solutions used at the local level (in specific or multiple cities) collected during this study. In addition to the urban development actions initially defined, a couple of additional actions have been formulated to proper describe some of the tools/ solutions (using data to inform planning and create awareness at local level, scenario building, data sharing / open data, climate scenarios, crowd-sourced mapping, air quality / health, creating a culture of sharing and open spending / open budgets.)
In a second phase, the database was complemented by collecting and assessing existing digital solutions and their relevance to cities facing the pandemic, therefore adding tools that contribute to Covid 19 response and recovery.