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November/December 2021

We are pleased to share with you recently the released -  and last publications of the Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC) for this year. We invite you to share widely with your networks!

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Colleagues at the RDPC Secretariat wish you all the very best for the close of 2021. We thank you for your valuable contributions and presence throughout the year and sincerely hope to be able to welcome you in Paris in 2022.

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21 Dec | Innovation and Data Use in Cities: a road to increased well-being

This report is a first-of-its-kind work to provide evidence on how cities’ investments in innovation and data-use can be a powerful pay-off for residents. Read how cities with higher public-sector innovation capacity and data-use practices have higher levels of city and life satisfaction. Furthermore, when looking across key well-being dimensions from housing to environment, health and walkability, cities with higher innovation capacity and data-use practices outperformed cities with lower capacity. Consult the ten recommendations to help local leaders boost their data use and innovation capacity to improve resident well-being. 


17 Dec | Unlocking infrastructure investment: Innovative funding and financing in regions and cities

Read about the critical role subnational governments have in delivering, operating and maintaining infrastructure, as well as investing to help drive the recovery. Many subnational governments had already introduced innovations in instruments used to access funding and financing. Highlighting examples from G20, OECD and non-OECD countries, this report presents a framework to differentiate funding and financing instruments, including by type of instrument, and their use, and outlines essential framework conditions needed to support subnational governments.


17 Dec | Bridging digital divides in G20 countries

As digital connectivity around the world rapidly increases, find out how countries can be accompanied to ensure that everyone benefits and nobody is left behind, regardless of where they live. This synthesis report measures spatial divides between urban and rural areas. It also identifies a number of policy recommendations that can help close existing spatial digital divides in G20 countries.


17 Dec | Promoting high-quality broadband networks in G20 countries

The COVID-19 health emergency has accentuated the awareness of how the quality, capability and resilience of broadband networks are becoming even more critical to ensure an inclusive society as more and more activities, such as work and education, are conducted in a remote manner. This report focuses on state of broadband speed quality across the G20 and how to upgrade the speeds of networks further to spur the economic recovery.


17 Dec | A Review of Local Government Finance in Israel: reforming the Arnona system

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Israeli system of local government finance, with a focus on the role of the Israeli property tax, known as the Arnona. Local governments are financed through a combination of revenue, primarily from central government grants and from the Arnona, which is levied on residential and non-residential land and buildings, based on their physical size rather than their value. The report provides policy recommendations for improving the existing Arnona system and a longer-run blueprint for a more substantial reform of the system of local government finance in Israel.


16 Dec| Regional Innovation in Piedmont, Italy: From Innovation Environment to Innovation Ecosystem

To make the most of its longstanding tradition of manufacturing and innovation and support a process of industrial transition, Piedmont is updating its regional innovation policy and smart specialisation strategy - with the aim of shifting from an innovation environment to a dynamic innovation ecosystem. This report features recommendations on promoting innovation, boosting innovation capacity in micro- and small enterprises, better connecting regional innovation actors, and reinforcing multi-level governance practices for innovation policy.


09 Dec | Unlocking the Strategic Use of Public Procurement in the City of Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Read about how Bratislava can use public procurement to identify value-for-money solutions, foster competition, and promote sustainable urban development. Recommendations include using procurement as a tool to help deliver on the SDGs and taking steps to enhance opportunities for SMEs to compete for contracts through allotment strategies and advance payments. The report also includes a case study on Bratislava's public procurement for street lighting, and guidance on the analysis of needs, market engagement, and tender design.


01 Dec | A Territorial Approach to the SDGs in Moscow, Russian Federation

The city of Moscow has started using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a checklist to assess the contribution of more than 95% of the city’s yearly spending on sustainable development. Moscow compares favourably with other OECD regions in key areas such as education, work, and innovation. But, challenges remain. The report recommends more firmly embedding and promoting the SDGs into city life – including through Key Performance Indicators and monitoring.


10 Nov | The Circular Economy in Glasgow, United Kingdom

The transition to a circular economy in Glasgow is part of a broader journey to become a Net Zero Carbon city by 2030. The 2020 Glasgow Circular Economy Route Map seeks to enable a system where people can access local jobs and where green business practices contribute to achieving zero carbon goals. This report summarises the findings from a 20-month policy dialogue to take stock of the state of the circular transition, understand the main challenges and suggests ways to implement the city’s Route Map.


6 Nov | Enhancing the Effectiveness of Sub-National Biodiversity Policy: Practices in France and Scotland, United Kingdom

Subnational governments play a major role in delivering on national and international biodiversity commitments, and harnessing synergies between climate and biodiversity action. This paper sets out how multi-stakeholder partnerships between national and subnational governments and local communities can work to promote biodiversity, drawing on policy practices from Scotland (UK), France and other signatories to the Edinburgh Declaration.



16 Dec |Old tool for the new school: the return of social housing in cities / COGITO / Juliette Jestin and Andrew Lombardi

31 Oct |Can office conversion help solve the housing crisis in cities? / COGITO / Camille Viros and Ingrid Nappi

21 Oct | Pulling together or drifting apart? Regions in the recovery/Cogito / Dorothée Allain-Dupré

8 Oct | Should I stay or should I go?/ Cogito / Enrique Garcilazo

28 Sept | Can the Circular Economy Become the New Normal in Cities?/ The Forum Network Blog / Oriana Romano


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