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Global Smart City Partnership Program


The Global Smart City Partnership Program (GSCP) was established in 2018 to help World Bank Group teams and clients to make the best use of data, technologies, and available resources. The program is built on the understanding that technology- and data-driven innovations can:

  • Improve city planning, management, and service delivery
  • Engage citizens
  • Enhance governments’ accountability

Carefully advancing smart cities—while protecting privacy rights and promoting inclusion for the poor and marginalized—can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the World Bank Group’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shard prosperity.

GSCP advises World Bank Group teams and clients as they learn to strengthen city functions and institutional enablers through digital transformation, as described in our Smart City model, below. 


We support the World Bank Group teams through calls for proposals. Since our founding in 2018, we have had seven calls for proposals, as shown in the timeline below.  

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We work with prominent smart-city experts from all around the world and match them with the selected World Bank Group project teams, to work closely with client cities and countries.  

The program also facilitates knowledge-sharing and dissemination through our library and community of practice, the Smart Cities Knowledge Silo Breaker.

We use this platform to stimulate dialogue, foster partnerships, and expand our community of clients and global practitioners. By interacting with smart city experts and one another, clients and teams can learn about Korean and worldwide best practices.


Last Updated: Apr 10, 2023