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Over the past decade, Barcelona has made a name for itself as one of Europe’s “smartest” cities. Nearly 12,000 km away, another low-lying coastal city — Maputo, the capital of Mozambique — is also pioneering its own smart city initiative. What can the two cities learn from each other about smart transformation, and how does city-to-city development cooperation work in practice?

Take a trip with Devex from the Catalan capital to the streets of Maputo. Along the way, hear from Barcelona’s Chief Technology Officer Francesca Bria, United Cities and Local Governments’ Sara Hoeflich, Maputo Council’s Head of International Relations Natacha Morais, and Frederico Silva, founder of Mozambican startup UX.

Over six weeks, Devex and our partners will explore what it takes to build a successful smart city, how climate resilient and environmentally friendly infrastructure and technologies are being implemented, and how actors in the global development community are working together toward common goals and engaging local communities in an inclusive way. Join us as we examine what it takes to create our smart cities of the future by tagging #SmartCities and @Devex.

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Naomi Mihara

Naomi Mihara is a video journalist for Devex, based in Barcelona. She has a background in journalism and international development, having previously worked as an assistant correspondent for Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper and as a communications officer for the International Organization for Migration in Southeast Asia. She holds a master's degree in multimedia journalism from Bournemouth University.


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Rebecca Root

Rebecca Root is an editorial fellow at Devex. She has a background in journalism and communications, and has written for a variety of publications while living and working in New York and London. She is now based in Barcelona and supports editorial content on campaigns and media partnerships at Devex.


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Helen Morgan

Helen Morgan is an editorial associate at Devex. She has a background in human rights, radio and journalism, and has written for a variety of international publications while living and working in Buenos Aires, New York and Shanghai. She is now based in Barcelona and supports editorial content on campaigns and media partnerships at Devex. She is currently studying a master's degree in contemporary migration.


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