Dear esteemed Advisory Board member,

We continue to work hard at the Trust to achieve more sustainable, resilient futures for whole countries and their city-regions and would like to update you on our progress.

Knowledge Exchange

Firstly, we’re currently scoping our ongoing engagement with you and we’d like to ask for your input. We have a Knowledge Exchange where interested individuals can register for one of our 19 Knowledge Pools.

We’d like to evolve this to become a collaborative knowledge resource, and welcome your ideas and leadership to create it. As experts and leaders in these subject areas, Advisory Board members are ideally placed to curate content for users signed up to these pools and we’d like to develop innovative ways of harnessing your knowledge using digital tools.

Finding the right tools and approaches will be an iterative process and will be tailored for the different needs of Advisory Board members and Knowledge pools. As one example, we will set up and trial chat, archiving and searchable content using the application Slack. We’re aiming to recompense your efforts and have a workshop when funding becomes available, but in the meantime any ideas or readiness you have to be involved would be gratefully received.

To assist with scoping, it would be very helpful if you could respond to me with answers to the following questions by Friday 16th October:

  1. What sources of information do you use in your work day-to-day?
  2. What methods do you use currently for sharing information with a) your peers, b) individuals beyond your peers?
  3. Are you a member of any knowledge sharing groups? If so, how are these groups managed and contacted?
  4. Please share with us any views you have on the advantages and disadvantages of different methods for knowledge sharing.

Global update

Signing of MOU with the City of Ulaanbataar, Mongolia

image02Mayor and Governor of Ulaanbaatar, Bat-Üül Erdene and Peter Head, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on July 3rd in London, in the presence of Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg of Mongolia, to work in partnership delivering smart, resilient and sustainable development for the people of Mongolia. The Trust will be contracted to deliver a 3-year programme to implement at full economic city scale.

United Nations

image01The platform is gaining increasing presence in the UN family with progress particularly being made through our core position within the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction AR!SE initiative on risk sensitive investment planning. In particular we are working with them on their resilient cities program. The Trust’s report “Smart ways to mobilise more efficient and effective long-term investment in city regions” outlines our approach and was presented at the global UN Finance for Development (FfD) meeting in Addis Ababa. We are also working within the Bloomberg C40, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the newly formed Global Partnership for Sustainable development Data on synchronising our data specification and collection with efforts at national scale for the newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals.

Future Cities Africa programme – Ghana phase 1a development is underway in Accra as part of the Future Cities Africa programme. The platform concept was introduced at a workshop in March 2015, and participants identified the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as the first priority sector to be developed for the pilot. A technical working group has been formed in Accra to collaborate with the software development team to guide data collection and exchange views on requirements. A working prototype of focused on the WASH sector is expected to be completed in May 2016.

Best wishes,