On 6-7 November 2014 in the City of Bilbao, the UCLG Committee on Digital and Knowledge-based Cities chaired by the City of Bilbao organized in collaboration with UN-HABITAT, the Committee on Decentralization and Local Self-Government, the LSE Cities Programme and EUDEL (Basque Association of Municipalities) the working meeting focused on “Smart Local Governance”. 79 representatives from cities, association of municipalities, international organizations and academic world took part in the meeting.
The meeting represented a unique opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and debate on some of the main challenges that local governments face to achieve good governance, such as: strategic local public management; transparency and citizen participation; city intelligence: big data + open data; and the modernization of public administration and online public services.
During the meeting, diverse experts from international organizations and academic world such as the Norwegian Nord-Trøndelag University College (HiNT), the George Washington University, the European Institute of Public Administration, Transparency International, the OECD and Microsoft among others, shared their vision regarding these challenges.
The meeting also allowed participants to learn about the experiences carried out by cities such as Bilbao, Mannheim, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Tampere, Barcelona, the Provincial Government of Barcelona and also form Associations and Networks of Cities and Municipalities such as EUDEL, FLACMA and Citynet.