Digital Insights

Future of Cities

Digital Insights Issue 05/2022

This fifth volume of Digital Insights will bring critical discussions on how the future of cities may materialize in this rapidly changing urbanization, what challenges may occur and how solutions can be designed and used to tackle those challenges in building a city of the future.


What will the future of cities look like? How has Cambodia preserved a crucial adaptation to building a smart, innovative, sustainable, inclusive, livable, efficient, and human-centered future of cities? How will policymakers ensure that new “smart city” technologies are implemented in a safe, efficient and ethical manner? This new edition of Digital Insights will gather answers to these posted questions and many more.

Brought together by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) in Cambodia, at its center, the publication serves as a refreshing collection of thoughts and inputs from authors, academics, and practitioners in the field over many relevant topic areas. The authors discuss general trends and regional case studies, how resources can be allocated more efficiently, how buildings could be developed more sustainably, how disruptive technology can improve public transport networks, and how data from urban citizens should be collected, used, and managed properly. In addition, core elements of urban livelihood development are also highlighted regarding smart education, smart healthcare and wellbeing, digital banking and payments, including via the cross-sectoral applications of blockchain technology. 

We hope that this publication contributes toward the development of equitable, safe, and improved urban environments in Cambodia. Practical recommendations of many cases are suggested by the authors to ensure that Cambodia’s cities realize their future growth potential, while risks, challenges, and solutions regarding disruptive urban trends and technologies are pointed out to be considered by policymakers. Hence, the cities of tomorrow have to be built based on today’s agendas through smart and innovative approaches. 

We sincerely thank our contributors, editors, authors, and production team members for their relentless effort in making this publication feasible.

Enjoy reading, and let’s shape the future of our cities successfully together!




Über diese Reihe

Digital Insights ist die Hauptpublikation der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Kambodscha zu Themen der digitalen Transformation. Die Publikation erscheint einmal im Jahr und bringt Experten, Anwender und Akademiker aus verschiedenen Bereichen zusammen. Die Vision des Projekts ist es, Forschung zu unterstützen und Brücken zur Anwendung zu bauen, um eine menschenfreundliche digitale Zukunft zu schaffen. (Die Reihe erscheint ausschließlich auf Englisch.)



Thomas Hesketh, Oudom Oum


Konrad Adenauer Foundation Cambodia, EuroCham Cambodia


Phnom Penh


free of charge



Robert Hör