We explored steps that local government can take to reduce energy costs and fuel poverty, from energy efficiency initiatives to more radical projects such as district heat networks. We highlighted best practice case studies including Spain’s community energy initiatives and the district heat network in Copenhagen, Denmark.
We also looked at how local governments around the world are tackling housing affordability issues – faced by almost 90% of cities globally. We featured innovative local solutions to this issue from an affordability strategy including rent controls in Berlin, Germany, to a strategy helping senior citizens to ‘rightsize’ in Cork, Ireland.
Our International Women’s Day edition turned a critical eye to both the role of women in local government and local government’s role in supporting women and girls. We featured initiatives to improve women’s political participation, plus targeted gender mainstreaming interventions.
Most recently, we focused on how local government can use procurement powers to improve social outcomes – both locally and throughout the supply chain. Featured examples included ethical ICT procurement recommendations, sustainable food procurement strategies, and policies empowering Indigenous people.
The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted and exacerbated health inequalities, significantly impacting many people but also creating a new impetus to address the root causes more comprehensively than before.
We explored the challenge of global health inequalities in an edition featuring a new long read about local government’s key role in addressing this issue, supported by inspiring local policy examples.
To mark Valentine’s Day, we focused on local government’s role in sexual health services. Many sexual health services are still severely disrupted, creating significant, lasting impacts on gender equality globally. We featured a briefing with innovative service delivery case studies from the UK and Canada.
Rapid technological changes in recent years facilitated the structural shift to global working culture initiated by the pandemic.Local government has a key role in adapting to the changing nature of work in recovery and beyond – both within their organisation and the communities they serve. To support this, we highlighted innovative approaches to regional coworking, European ‘right to disconnect’ policies, and public sector hybrid working guides.
Open data was ubiquitous during the pandemic in the form of dashboards and statistics, but local government can expand its use in other areas. Good practice examples range from user-friendly platforms to resources supporting collaboration.
Our weatherproofing active travel edition focused on how local government can help to make active travel safe and appealing all year round.
We highlighted a new briefing with practical examples of how Nordic cities are designed to support mobility year round, plus equitable cycle investment case studies and wider policy lenses incorporating local weather conditions.
Survey: what you told us
The top 3 global issues that interested you the most were:
1 Democracy & governance (59%)
2 Social welfare & equalities (53%)
3 = Housing & planning (44%)
3 = Environmental issues (44%)
You told us you wanted more global content on community engagement and finance. We’ve listened and will cover these topics later this year. Some of you asked us to cover sexual health services and active travel, which we featured this quarter.
75% of you use Global Local to improve your knowledge of topics, while 57% use it to inform your current work and/or stay up to date with the latest sectoral innovation.
More than 90% of you want to see more global best practice, research and resources in Global Local, while 87% want to see more news and inspiration. You overwhelmingly prefer an equal share of both upbeat, skimmable content and deep, technical exploration of issues.
Nearly 85% of you prefer to receive Global Local emails once a week or less, which has informed the direction we are taking this service.
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NEW: March 2022 Global Local Think Tank Review
This month’s Think Tank Review focuses on democracy and governance, particularly in Europe and North America. We also cover data, urban and rural development, energy and Covid-19 recovery, as well as healthcare satisfaction. Read this new briefing here.
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