Recognising the central importance of national economic decision-makers, the Coalition for Urban Transitions is working to assemble and communicate a body of evidence that will resonate with Heads of State, Finance Ministers, and other key sector Ministries. The Coalition coordinates a global programme of research exploring the economic and social case for sustainable urban development. This global programme focuses on the most rapidly urbanising countries that are the focus of the Coalition’s country programme, and those that offer valuable lessons about realising the urban dividend. It includes a wide range of case studies – showing both what works and what doesn’t work – spanning countries from India to Uganda to Germany.
Where national governments have established more effective and accountable governance arrangements, they are better positioned to manage disruptive changes – including those associated with technological innovation. Indeed, technological innovations such as solar panels, energy storage, e-hailing and electric cars could potentially support better urban development, with careful governance. The Coalition is currently focusing on how new mobility services might fit with public transit systems in different cities and countries, and how governments can deploy different governance arrangements, infrastructure investments and policy frameworks to improve both the efficiency and experience of urban transport.