The role of cities as an engine of economic development has become more important as the world becomes increasingly urbanized. The complexity of challenges and lack of one-size-fits-all solutions for cities requires peer-to-peer knowledge exchange as a mechanism for knowledge transfer. Japan is home to a number of cities that offer world-class and often unique “best-practice” approaches derived from their experiences with development challenges and solution areas.
The City Partnership Program (CPP) supports and facilitates strategic collaboration with selected cities in Japan. The collaboration focuses on joint research to identify and document best practice, and both identifying and building on opportunities to link Japanese expertise with specific project-level engagements in developing countries. The CPP is a critical link between Japanese cities and WBG Operations and Programs. It also provides a mechanism through which Japanese cities and their constituents can engage with WBG Communities of Practice, including the Transit-Oriented Development KSB, Urban Floods KSB, and Smart Cities KSB.