Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Innovation and the City

As urban growth has exploded over the past half century, cities have become the drivers of government innovation. From New York to Medellin to Copenhagen, mayors and city managers are … Continue reading

Sunday, 20 November 2016 · Leave a comment

The Global Impact of Open Data

Free ebook – Open data has spurred economic innovation, social transformation, and fresh forms of political and government accountability in recent years, but few people understand how open data works. This … Continue reading

Saturday, 1 October 2016 · Leave a comment

World Cities Report 2016

Key Messages: When well-managed, urbanization fosters social and economic advancement and improved quality of life for all. The current model of urbanization is unsustainable in many respects. Many cities all … Continue reading

Thursday, 19 May 2016 · Leave a comment

Informal Local Governance Institutions: What They Do and Why They Matter

There is growing scholarly and policy awareness of the fact that public authority is rarely exercised only by the state. In fact, a host of actors and institutions – some … Continue reading

Saturday, 14 May 2016 · Leave a comment

Thinking and Working Politically: From Theory Building to Building an Evidence Base

This paper discusses the steps required to build a robust evidence base for ‘thinking and working politically’ (TWP) in development. It argues that better understanding what works, when and why … Continue reading

Friday, 25 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Competitive Cities: A Local Solution to a Global Lack of Growth and Jobs

Cities are the future. They’re where people live and work and hubs for growth and innovation. But they’re also poles of poverty and, much too often, centers of unemployment. One … Continue reading

Thursday, 17 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Governance Data: Who Uses It and Why

Numerous organizations, including members of the Governance Data Alliance, collect and analyze data on the different dimensions of governance to help shape policy reforms and ultimately improve economic, human, and … Continue reading

Friday, 11 March 2016 · Leave a comment

The Cities Diplomacy Series (II): Are Mayors (& Networks Of Cities) the Rising Stars of Global Politics?

Against the secrecy and elite-reserved performance of classical Diplomacy skills, some Cities are getting on very well in developing the charms of soft and subtle Diplomacy in international arenas, by … Continue reading

Saturday, 6 February 2016 · Leave a comment