These briefs address emerging trends and topics of relevance to cities, towns, national governments and development agencies as they face the challenges of urbanization. This series draws attention to new research and policy issues with references and resources for researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners alike who will wish to further explore these, topics.
(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2009-06)
Bhada, Perinaz; Hoornweg, Dan
The Global City Indicators Program
(GCIP) is a decentralized, city-led initiative that enables
cities to measure, report, and improve their performance and
quality of life, facilitate capacity building, and share
best practices through an easy-to-use web portal. Managing
cities effectively is critical and becoming more complex as
population growth and economic development are taking place
in urban areas. Today's big challenges, such as poverty
reduction, economic development, climate change, and the
creation and maintenance of an inclusive and peaceful
society, will all need to be met through the responses of
cities. So too will the day-to-day challenges of garbage
collection, responding to the house on fire and larger
disasters, and facilitating the provision of water,
electricity, education, health care, and the myriad of other
services that make life more productive and enjoyable.
Standardized indicators are essential in order to measure
the performance of cities, capture trends and developments,
and support cities in becoming global partners.