Guangzhou Award

A combined project between UCLG, Metropolis and the city of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation aims to recognise and award city initiatives that are innovative in improving the livelihoods of their citizens.

The Award is presented biennially and encourages innovation in public policy, projects, business models and practices. The first Award was was held in 2012 and received 255 entries from 153 cities, in 56 countries across six continents.

Five winning cities are selected and in 2012 they included: Kocaeli (Turkey), Lilongwe (Malawi), Seoul (South Korea), Vancouver (Canada) and Vienna (Austria).

The fields for submission include Public Services, Organization and Administration, Partnership and Citizen Involvement, Smart City and Sustainable City.

The second Award was even more successful with 259 initiatives submitted from 177 cities worldwide. This cycles’ winners were Antioquia (Colombia), Bristol (U.K.), Christchurch (New Zealand), Dakar (Senegal) and Hangzhou (China).

An extra three winning categories were also added in 2014 to promote public participation in the Guangzhou Award. These categories are: an online-popular city, a media-popular city and the preferred city by the attendees of the Conference on Learning from Urban Innovation.

Website: http://www.guangzhouaward.org/

Institutional profile: https://use.metropolis.org/experts/guangzhou-award--1

Case studies

56 case studies available.

Johannesburg-Lilongwe Mentorship Programme
Award
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg-Lilongwe Mentorship Programme

Lilongwe City Development Strategy has been developed through an innovative Mentorship Programme with the City of Johannesburg

Johannesburg-Lilongwe Mentorship Programme
Award
Lilongwe, Malawi

Johannesburg-Lilongwe Mentorship Programme

Lilongwe City Development Strategy has been developed through an innovative Mentorship Programme with the City of Johannesburg

Urban Solid Waste Management in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte
Award
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Urban Solid Waste Management in the Metropolita...

An inter-federation model make feasible for the municipalities to manage their waste in an integrated way.

Urban Public Bicycle Sharing Program
Award
Hangzhou, China

Urban Public Bicycle Sharing Program

With 80 percent of residents and commuters identifying a serious traffic problem in the city, Hangzhou launched China's first public bicycle project. Serving some 280,000 passengers daily, the system (free for the first hour) complements the city's extensive bus system.

Municipal Finance Program
Award
Dakar, Senegal

Municipal Finance Program

Under the leadership of the Municipal Council of Dakar, the Dakar Municipal Finance Program (DMFP) has been developed to enable the City of Dakar to gain access to capital markets for its investment needs.

Educational Parks for Youth
Award
Antioquia (Departement), Colombia

Educational Parks for Youth

Building on a widely-hailed experiment in Medellin, the entire surrounding province of Antioquia has set up a network of 80 educational parks designed to supplement traditional education with programs to honor young peoples' inherent skills and citizenship potentials.

Smart City Bristol
Award
Bristol, United Kingdom

Smart City Bristol

Bristol's innovative approach to becoming a smart city is based on people and not on technology: a Public-Private-People approach. Projects to date include smart metering, open data, smart grid and electric vehicles which build on the City's strengths in micro-electronic and digital companies.

Transitional City Programme
Award
Christchurch, New Zealand

Transitional City Programme

A transitional city programme includes support for recovery after earthquakes in three key areas: social, sense of place and business. The programme also contains elements for long-term recovery such as testing new ideas, enhancing community resilience and creating a new identity for the city.

Dakar paving streets by hands
Award
Dakar, Senegal

Dakar paving streets by hands

The program aims at modernizing and embellishing the city of Dakar while more than 1,500 employments can be created.