A knowledge hub to expedite the analysis of successful solutions to urban challenges, improve development outcomes and spread practical knowledge was launched Nov. 27 in China.
From the partnership between China and the World Bank, the hub will share the former’s poverty reduction achievements — having pulled 600 million people out of poverty in the past 30 years — across the country and the rest of the world. It will start with TRANS-FORM, a pilot program developed in response to China’s “urgent need” to find an environment friendly solution for urban transport expansion.
“The new knowledge hub will play an important role in making China’s lessons available to the world and will further our common mission to end extreme poverty and build shared prosperity,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim explained.
The hub will also address discrepancies between broad policy directions and actual service and infrastructure available by laying foundations for a “science of delivery,” which will gather and distribute practical knowledge on proper delivery of programs.
Some innovations are already being mirrored in other countries such as the Green Freight Initiative, a program that aims to improve trucks’ fuel efficiency, and one that has been adopted in Brazil. But the hub will also help Chinese cities learn from other urban areas and from each other. An “integrated corridor management approach” that has proved successful in London and New York was introduced in several cities in Liaoning province.
According to Chinese Minister of Finance Xie Xuren, “The hub will become a new and open center for developing countries to learn from each other.”
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