Municipal Response to COVID-19

The international community of practice Connective Cities organized a series of virtual dialogue formats in collaboration with committed municipal actors on measures, challenges and solutions to address the Corona crisis from August to December 2020. The series of events targeted German and international practitioners from the municipal family working on different aspects of addressing the Corona crisis in cities. The participants were encouraged to exchange ideas through presentations of good practices and were offered the virtual formats needed for this.

Many urban practitioners also already have concrete project ideas and urgently want to work further and more intensively with their peers and relevant experts in a peer-to-peer format worldwide on solutions in different thematic areas.

This year Connective Cities again focuses intensively on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on municipalities. Instead of being limited to linear exchange formats, the second part of the Corona programme derives proven tools from the Connective Cities core programme and facilitates new approaches to promote a deeper municipal exchange of experiences. In compact learning processes, municipal actors jointly address current COVID-19-related topics - the goal here is the (further) development of project ideas and solutions for municipal challenges as well as the elaboration and dissemination of existing solution approaches. Building on the previous dynamics, challenges in connection with COVID-19 can thus be dealt with in greater depth and a practical manner. 


Local economy & industry

Local economic development - promotion, innovation & post-COVID strategies | Support and recovery of the tourism sector | Strengthening the private sector and creating employment opportunities | Local economic development agencies


Crisis management

Municipal crisis team | Crisis management for educational institutions and day care centres | Crisis management in municipal enterprises


Digitalisation & Communication

Digitalisation of public services | Digital skills & digital divide | Inclusive communication | Social media strategies and dealing with fake news


Public health & public services

Migration and COVID-19 | Municipal immunisation strategies | Water supply and sanitation | Hygiene concepts | Waste management


Climate neutral urban development

Energy transition | Circular economy | Sustainable mobility | Green urban development (urban biodiversity & ecosystem protection)


Gender sensitivity in the pandemic

Socio-economic well-being of women in the pandemic | Gender-equitable urban planning and development | Urban approaches against domestic violence




Digital CityLabs | TechStartUp Ecosystems | Innovation Clusters of Local Economic Development


All content across themes

All content on COVID-19 across themes, grouped by format: news, events, videos and podcast, good practices, reviews of events, publications.



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News on COVID-19

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Peer-to-peer learning and networking - in the focus of municipal development cooperation

Peer-to-peer learning and networking - in the focus of municipal development cooperation


The OECD makes policy recommendations for the Federal Government, federal states and the…

Good practice: Euroregion Pomerania

Good practice: Euroregion Pomerania


Overcoming borders through cooperation

Good practices

Leave no one behind


As part of its support during COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality of Mionica established a volunteering center to…



Envisaging the Future of Cities


Urbanization is intertwined with several existential global challenges: Cities do not exist in…

Reviews of virtual events

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Urban Safety for Women and Girls

Urban Safety for Women and Girls


Review of the Insight Session about strategies for safer public spaces in cities on 09 March 2022

Planning by doing - Tactical Urbanism during the COVID-19 pandemic

Planning by doing - Tactical Urbanism during the COVID-19 pandemic


Review of the Insight Session on 16 February 2022

Insights into the working group 'digitalisation of public services in MENA'

Insights into the working group 'digitalisation of public services in MENA'


Digitalisation is is key in the municipal recovery from the impacts of the pandemic

Towards a gender sensitive urban development

Towards a gender sensitive urban development


The Connective Cities COVID-19 Programme Working Groups Gender sensitive urban development & Gender…