Under the coordination of LSE Cities, and with the collaboration of UN Habitat, the UCLG Decentralisation and Local Governance Committee is launching a survey on Urban Governance. Initial results of this survey will inform the 2014 Urban Age Conference in Delhi, India which will bring together a wide range of policy makers, academics and city experts to discuss the role of urban governance in shaping the future development of cities. This effort will result in a publication of the prestigious LSE Cities and will contribute to the elaboration of the 4th UCLG Global Report on Decentralisation and Local Democracy.
The survey and its underlying research have three main objectives:
- Address the urban governance ‘data challenge’, i.e. deal with the problem that regardless of constantly increasing information on urban governance in individual cities, we continue to have very limited knowledge on the wide spectrum of different urban governance arrangements;
- Establish a platform for individual cities to identify international urban governance cases that are of particular relevance to their own specific situations. This would potentially allow for a more fruitful exchange of good practice; and
- Explore new and innovative ways for communicating and mapping urban governance for public dissemination, comparative policy and research analysis.
The success of this study depends on the level of participation of local governments in different countries and global regions. Its impact will certainly profit from the current global momentum related to urban governance related questions. The United Nations are currently debating the future priorities for the post-2015 world development agenda. As the world becomes increasingly urbanised, the urban agenda and urban governance are central issues in these discussions. The better the data gathered in the survey, the better the final results of the study. Thus, we would like to encourage the participation in this initiative of UCLG members and all local governments of the world.
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