Best Practices Database
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This searchable database contains over 3,800 proven solutions from more than 140 countries to the common social, economic and environmental problems of an urbanizing world. It demonstrates the practical ways in which public, private and civil society sectors are working together to improve governance, eradicate poverty, provide access to shelter, land and basic services, protect the environment and support economic development.

The database is a powerful tool for:

Analyzing current trends and emerging issues;
• Networking with the people and organisations involved in implementation;
• Capacity-building including new knowledge management tools and methods.
• Technical Cooperation through the matching of supply with demand for proven expertise and experience.
• Policy development based on what works.

For more information on how best practices can help your community, please visit the Learning Centre.


In 2018, 470+ submissions and updates from more than 68 countries and territories were received and reviewed.

UN-HABITAT and Dubai Municipality invite you to submit your initiatives for the Dubai International Award for Best Practices in Improving the Living Environment and for inclusion in the next edition of the database.

The Best Practices database is a joint product of UN-HABITAT, and the Best Practices Partners.