The networking event focused on principles and practicalities behind designing inclusive and effective urban data systems as a foundation for inclusive urban governance. The session deliberated on two aspects of sustainable cities: firstly, on technological innovations for urban governance, and, secondly, on emerging institutional structures for supporting new paradigms of urbanism and inclusive data systems. The session also explored the complexities associated with data generation, collection, analytics and visualisation, which can enhance sustainability at the city level.
The event was organised by National Institute of Urban Affairs, India (with Institute of Development Studies, UK as partner) and PLANMalaysia, Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Malaysia. More than 100 participants of WUF 10 attended the event. Dr. Robert P Ndugwa ,UN Habitat moderated the session.
The speakers for the session were Dr. Mr. Mohd. Sukuran Talib, PLANMalaysia; Dr. Jaideep Gupte, IDS-UK; Dr. Brigitte Hoermann, Cities Alliance; Mr. Hitesh Vaidya, Director-NIUA; and Dr Debjani Ghosh Associate Professor-NIUA; - Data is political and we need technocratic solutions, but if our sights are not aimed at being more democratic, we will not be able to achieve effective urban data systems.
The panellist Mr. Deepak Singh IAS,CEO- Bhopal Smart City; Mr. Ashish Kumar Pathak, CEO-Jabalpur Smart City; Ms. Soumini Jain, Mayor - Kochi Municipal Corporation shared their city level experience. They highlighted the point that effective stakeholder engagement process can help cities to define why they are deploying the technology and for what kinds of needs. The city administrators also emphasized on data driven decision making to build trust among citizens. Building partnerships for learning among cities was also a key take away.