City planning and development in emerging economies pose a plethora of sustainable development challenges. To make matters worse, night crime, school dropouts, economic informality, and health inequity have taken center-stage during the pandemics across the developing world. The metropolitan area of Panama does not escape this reality. Current structural urban challenges range from uninformed top-down decision-making and widespread informality to intermittency of public service delivery and inadequate resource allocation.
Amicable Metropolitan Area (AMA) is introduced here as a framework to co-create a series of social experiments intended to identify, design, and deploy innovative economic, social, environmental, and governance solutions to transform the metropolitan area of Panama into a thriving human settlement. Through geographic information systems, quadratic voting, quadratic funding, and polis, citizens will build plausible development scenarios for their streets, communities, townships, and municipalities. The AMA project will launch online on April 15th, 2021.
Emilio Sempris is the former Minister of Environment of Panama. Fmr Director-General of the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean, under UNESCO. He has 20 years of experience in international development, climate change, and sustainability. He is also the co-founder of the Brundtland School.