UNU-EGOV, part of the United Nations University (UNU) and based in the city of Guimarães, north of Portugal, is a think tank dedicated to Electronic Governance; a core centre of research, advisory services and training; a bridge between research and public policies; an innovation enhancer; a solid partner within the UN system and its Member States with a particular focus on sustainable development, social inclusion and active citizenship. UNU-EGOV strives to cement its role as an international reference of excellence in this area, bringing together multidisciplinary and multicultural teams around complex problems and emerging challenges.
At the end of last year, the World Bank has signed a knowledge partnership MoU with UNU-EGOV in which both parties have agreed to work together to enhance the content of the Knowledge Portal for Smart Cities and to develop a partnership in facilitating capacity building of Indian smart city stakeholders. Under this assignment, UNU-EGOV is contextualising several Smart City case studies for the Indian audience and appending them to the Knowledge portal. In addition, UNU-EGOV, along with the World Bank team, is analysing the capacity building needs of Indian Smart City stakeholders to propose appropriate training materials for formally supporting the implementation of their Smart City plans. The portal is intended to be a useful tool for policy and decision-makers and the training courses are expected to be delivered firstly in India and then expanded to all World Bank Member States.