The GRDC Research Programme on Urban Governance
So what is needed for good governance at the local level - considering that most problems, conflicts and risks have a strong local dimension?


imply put, governance is the science of decision-making. The concept of governance refers to the complex set of values, norms, processes, and institutions by which society manages its development and resolves conflict, formally and informally. It involves the state, but also the civil society at the local, national, regional and global levels.

The objective of this programme is to explore the attributes of governance systems that will help us manage our cities better, and better face the challenges of fast growing cities.

GDRC's Research Initiatives:

Highlights of GDRC Research
Full list of docs
Smart Cities for Sustainable Development: A Policy Framework for Developing Countries
Policy Analysis Series E-122
Urban Governance - Need of the Day
Concept Note Series E-045.
Participatory Governance: Better Cities, Better Livability
Management Tools Series E-046.


What is GDRC doing now?
; Currently, GDRC is exploring the enabling of good governance by the concept of smart cities and technologies, as well as the core issues of accessibility, accountability and transparency.

Have a look at the planned publications under this programme

  • Urban Environmental Management
  • Urban Heritage and Conservation

This programme is a part of:
More information on GDRC's Urban sphere
  GDRC's Urban Sphere  

But why do we need better governance of cities at all? What makes cities important? Urban governance needs to be seen as a function of accessibility, transparency, accountability and efficiency.

Current Pubs
Future Pubs