During last UIA steering committee in May 2020, the European Commission, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, and the Region Hauts-de-France, UIA Entrusted Entity, adopted the UIA Knowledge Management Strategy, designed to enable this transfer as well as pilot mechanisms and actions that contribute to the definition of the future European Urban Initiative and inspire more generally the preparation of the urban dimension of Cohesion policy 2021/27. In the co-signed foreword, the Entrusted Entity and the European Commission outline the ambitions and call partners in helping the delivery of the strategy - see also the article The UIA Knowledge Management Strategy adopted: a valuable testbed to explore the future EUI components and mechanisms.
While fine tuning and adopting the final strategy, the 2020 knowledge activities on housing, mobility and monitoring and evaluation have progressed well.
Cities engaging in the right to housing
On 24 April, 300 participants attended the first web conference of the joint UIA-URBACT knowledge activity on how cities can implement the right to housing, looking at the practical ways cities enable community-led practices for housing. The second dialogue with cities was held on 26 June and focused on housing exclusion, homelessness and migration, featuring the preview of the forthcoming 5th Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe (release on 23rd July), alongside case studies of UIA and URBACT cities addressing the housing needs of homeless people and migrants. The introductory paper to the conference written by UIA experts Laura Colini and Ruth Owens presents the key insights and soon will be available the video of the event if you missed it.
Next rendez-vous are planned online with the last conference addressing the fair finance topic on 26 November; podcast interviews and innovative practices’ videos and at the European Week of Regions and Cities, together with the Urban Agenda for the EU partnerships and EU networks on housing.
Innovation for urban mobility, the way forward
The UIA Urban Mobility journey began last April together with UIA mobility cities Albertslund, Lathi, Ghent, Toulouse, Szeged, exploring the innovation concept applied to urban mobility challenges; and seeking to understand whether the sole deployment of unprecedented technological advances is able to address related issues concentrated in cities due to the increasing urbanization.
The first capitalisation workshop addressed data aspects in Urban Mobility, and discuss how UIA projects deal with this as a resource to support sustainable mobility strategies. An overview of the first results and findings are available in the article summarizing contents of the final report, jointly written by UIA expert Zsuzsanna Kravalik, the UIA Secretariat and the above-mentioned cities, currently experimenting innovative urban mobility solutions.
On Wednesday 8 July, the cities met for the second time to exchange on Collaboration & Governance topics. Next dialogue between cities is foreseen in September and will focus on behavioral change. The summer will be the opportunity to prepare all coming talks and dialogues during which we would like you to participate, in the context of the European Mobility Week, Urban Mobility Days and EURegionsWeek and together with Interreg Europe. Stay tuned on our social media for more updates!
Monitoring and evaluation to support innovative interventions
In 2020, UIA, with the help of Ecorys Poland, is exploring the different practices, methodologies and techniques developed by on-going UIA projects to capture and evaluate the results and impact of the innovative interventions. This one-year capitalisation activity on how to monitor and evaluate innovative urban projects contributes to the existing knowledge on sustainable urban development and to future activities of capacity building for urban practitioners with concrete and real examples.
Barcelona, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Vienna, Athens, Szeged, Aveiro, Brussels, Helsinki and Paris’ experiences have been identified as the most promising approaches among ongoing UIA projects. A first workshop with these cities was held on 10 June. Next step is the hearings of the 11 projects. A final practical toolkit on monitoring and evaluating innovative urban projects will also be produced, together with a dedicated capacity building activity end of 2020.