Buenos Aires



Horacio Rodriguez Larreta


2,890,000 (2016)

Innovation Website
Lead Innovation Officer

Andres Larre

Innovation is helping to:
  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

  • Engage residents and other stakeholders

  • Generate new sources of revenue

Critical success factors:
  • Leadership from Mayor

  • Culture of innovation in city

  • Support from outside city administration

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Engagement with partners

Spotlight on innovation in Buenos Aires

Note: The City Innovation Snapshot (PDF version) was produced in 2019 and some aggregate findings have been updated with the latest survey results below.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Buenos Aires has an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 20% of cities surveyed, Buenos Aires approaches innovation capacity from a holistic/macro level.

Policy areas that Buenos Aires is focused on

Buenos Aires does not prioritise policy sectors for its innovation work.

Policy areas by number of cities

Buenos Aires utilizes 3 different innovation skills or roles

Data scientist
Innovation roles by number of cities

As an independent body, Buenos Aires’s innovation work is led by the Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Terms Buenos Aires most associates with innovation

Big picture re-thinking
Data analytics

Buenos Aires' most common innovation activities

  1. 1

    Taking risks or testing new ideas

  2. 2

    Data-driven analytics/public data management

  3. 3

    Engaging residents in new ways

  4. 4

    Developing new solutions based on digital technologies

  5. 5

    Organizational change within the municipality

  6. 6

    Human-centered design

  7. 7

    Rethinking your city’s approach to financing partnerships

How is innovation funded here?

Like 81% of cities surveyed, Buenos Aires has dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Municipal budget
Municipal budget
This could include, for instance, City Council approved funds; operating budget; a special funding process (bond, Mayoral special initiative funding, etc.); and participatory budgeting / citizen-selected budgeting.
Non-financial resources
Non-financial resources
This could include staff on loan and/or other in-kind contributions (e.g. materials, infrastructure…)

Activities being funded

Launching or sustaining a project
Idea generation & brainstorming
47 cities
Launching or sustaining a project
79 cities
Idea generation & brainstorming
51 cities
Investing in digital systems
36 cities
Investing in physical infrastructure
30 cities
Paying for services

Buenos Aires also invests in digital systems and physical infrastructure as well as paying for services to a third party.

How is innovation measured?

Buenos Aires has developed partnerships to promote its innovation capacity with other public agencies, private firms, not-for-profit organizations, and city residents/resident associations.

To improve data use, the city has also developed data partnerships with the private sector, academia and think tanks to collect and analyze data.

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data


Economic Development

Housing and built environment


Waste and sewage

Labour market and skills

Environment and climate change



Social inclusion and equity


Digital governance

Insufficient data

Policing and law enforcement

No Response


Public works