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Challenges and Opportunities for Local Economic Development

Cities actively promote local economic development by creating employment opportunities that build on the comparative advantages and unique qualities of their localities. Some cities are hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship, such as Bengaluru, while others are centers of manufacturing, such as Dhaka. In all instances, the choices cities make to create an enabling environment for development and growth should depend on dialogue and partnership among local-level stakeholders (e.g., employers, workers’ organizations, entrepreneur organization and informal workers), based on an understanding of business opportunities and the labour environment to target skills training, support local enterprises to thrive, and extend social security coverage to informal workers.

UNDP has worked with local authorities to provide governance and economic development support. The Integrated Framework for Local Governance and Local Development developed by UNDP, UN Capital Development Fund and UN Volunteer, focuses on the key role of subnational authorities and actors in development and promotes dialogue and consensus-building platforms where the public and private sectors, civil society, academic and research institutions are actively engaged in planning and using local resources in a sustainable manner. The interlinked elements of the approach are:

  • Effective multi-level governance for territorial development
  • Equitable, effective and sustainable delivery of goods and services
  • Inclusive decision-making processes involving women and men
  • Secure, stable and peaceful environment for development where rule of law prevails
  • The sustainable use and management of natural resources
  • Increased economic opportunities and jobs for women and men
  • Design of resilient, low-carbon economic activities to reduce emissions and adverse effects of climate change

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22 April 2020 - It centres on Cambodia, where the growth of rural garment...
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4/22/20
7 April 2020 - This document provides examples of measures taken by cities to...
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4/7/20
4/7/20

7 April 2020 - Critics fear social distancing edicts hurt the economy, but research on the 1918 flu pandemic reveals an aggressive response can help spur economic recovery.

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4/2/20

2 April 2020 - As the COVID-19 pandemic poses a great threat to the lives of Bangladesh’s urban poor communities, Livelihoods Improvement of Urban Poor Communities Project (LIUPCP) has responded urgently to protect 2.16 million urban poor people from the deadly virus.

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2 April 2020 - This article explores two basic questions: (1) What are the...
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4/2/20
4/2/20

2 April 2020 - Mayors of big cities across Europe call for cross-border solidarity during the corona crisis. In a joint statement of the network EUROCITIES, they urge a strong collaboration between all levels of government.

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4/2/20

2 April 2020 - Mayors of big cities across Europe call for cross-border solidarity during the corona crisis. In a joint statement of the network EUROCITIES, they urge a strong collaboration between all levels of government.

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3/30/20

30 March 2020 - Singapore has reported just 96 cases of coronavirus and no deaths, while the recoveries are outpacing the rate of infection. But not all countries could replicate the conditions for Singapore's containment success, which include a top-notch healthcare system.

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3/29/20

29 March 2020 - As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, the measures implemented in China may be instructive for other countries now struggling to control the virus.

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3/28/20

28 March 2020 - The crisis generated by COVID-19 also affects Barcelona's cultural network. Ten city measures are being implemented to mitigate the effects and keep culture alive, with the Catalan and Spanish governments also being urged to implement others.

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24 March 2020 - The SDG currency could help local governments to measure how citizens use public services, impact the environment, consume local goods and how to change the impact of such individual behavior to make cities more sustainable.

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02/04/2020 - 18:00
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3/23/20

23 March 2020 - The City of Helsinki has decided to establish an express fund for people and organisations affected by the closure of culture and leisure events. 

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