Crisis Management

Holistic crisis management and municipal crisis teams form the basis of an appropriate response capacity

The COVID-19 pandemic posed enormous challenges to countries and municipalities worldwide. Cities with robust governance and health infrastructure tended to be more capable to manage the pandemic and to experience lower mortality rates. Furthermore, a combination of proactive surveillance, routine communication, rapid isolation, personal and community protection (e.g., social distancing) and rapid vaccinations have proven to be effective measures in combating the pandemic. These measures tend to be most effectively developed, coordinated and implemented when cities have holistic crisis management in place, including municipal crisis teams.

Cities play a key role in pandemic mitigation and post-pandemic recovery, for which it is necessary to evaluate their municipal response strategies. By understanding underlying challenges, joint concepts for pandemic control can be developed and a socially, environmentally and economically appropriate and just recovery from the crisis can be facilitated.

Another sector that deserves attention is the education sector, which has been severely impacted by school and day-care closures during COVID-19 induced lockdowns. In order to avoid massive loss of education during future pandemic or crisis situations, cities are now challenged to establish effective and agile municipal crisis management for their educational facilities. 

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Training course and handbook

E-Learning

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Self-study course: Crisis Management

Self-study course: Crisis Management

26.02.2021

Basics, methods and principles.

Handbook

About the course & handbook


The online course and the handbook provide employees of public health departments, but also of other institutions, with practical advice on how to prepare for emergency response in crisis situations and convey the basics of crisis management. In addition to technical aspects, recommendations for action are given in particular for operational planning and staff work.


The English translation of the course and the manual was supported by Connective Cities.
 

 

News & Events

News

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Thinking and acting beyond disasters

Thinking and acting beyond disasters

17.09.2021

Invitation to our COVID Crisis Management Cluster kick-off on 28 September 2021

Early warning systems and disaster preparedness to protect against forest fires and preserve biodiversity

Early warning systems and disaster preparedness to protect against forest fires and preserve biodiversity

02.09.2021

Insights into the Biodiversity event in MENA on August 09, 2021

Climate proof urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Climate proof urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa

01.09.2021

Review of the virtual meeting of the working group on climate change/climate-proof urban development…

Municipal Response to COVID-19: Crisis management

Municipal Response to COVID-19: Crisis management

13.08.2021

Video with insights into the virtual global exchange on April 28, 2021

 

Good practices and learning experiences

Videos & podcasts

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Municipal Response to COVID-19: Crisis management

Municipal Response to COVID-19: Crisis management

13.08.2021

Video with insights into the virtual global exchange on April 28, 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

Interview with Hugo Salomão França: Crisis Communication

Interview with Hugo Salomão França: Crisis Communication

04.03.2021

"Our technical-scientific way instead of political management was a fundamental approach during this…

Interview with Ahmad Zeyad: Public Health and Crisis Management

Interview with Ahmad Zeyad: Public Health and Crisis Management

26.02.2021

"You should always trust and believe in your own capabilities to combat crisis and raise the…

Interview with Awande Buthelezi: Crisis Management and Digitalisation

Interview with Awande Buthelezi: Crisis Management and Digitalisation

24.02.2021

"There is a gap between how municipalities and the state provide services and the experiences of…

Interview with Daniel Onyango on Crisis Communication

Interview with Daniel Onyango on Crisis Communication

17.02.2021

"Indigenous knowledge and skills and the ability of communities to respond to crisis is something…

Interview with Leila Ben Gacem: Social Innovation

Interview with Leila Ben Gacem: Social Innovation

15.02.2021

"I think as city councillors we need to think as social entrepreneurs."

Good practices

Germany’s health offices and their fast-track response to the COVID-19 crisis

13/07/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge for Germany’s health offices. Many responded quickly at the start of the…

 

Crisis teams: A successful crisis management tool

31/03/2021

Better preparedness enables municipalities to cope better with crises like the corona pandemic. But what makes for good…

 

Good practices

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The city of Krusevac during the pandemic

The city of Krusevac during the pandemic

12.08.2021

Successful measures of the Serbian city in the area of prevention, health and protection of…

COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control in the cardiovascular hospital in Shanxi, China

COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control in the cardiovascular hospital in Shanxi, China

06.08.2021

Maintaining normal medical services during the pandemic

 

Reviews of virtual events

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Early warning systems and disaster preparedness to protect against forest fires and preserve biodiversity

Early warning systems and disaster preparedness to protect against forest fires and preserve biodiversity

02.09.2021

Insights into the Biodiversity event in MENA on August 09, 2021

Climate proof urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Climate proof urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa

01.09.2021

Review of the virtual meeting of the working group on climate change/climate-proof urban development…

Successful launch of the event series "Insight Sessions: Post-COVID Urban Futures"

Successful launch of the event series "Insight Sessions: Post-COVID Urban Futures"

30.07.2021

Review of the kick-off event on COVID-19 Recovery & SDG 11

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

 

Publications

Final Report: Virtual Global Exchange

2021 - "Municipal Response to COVID-19" from 23rd November to 3rd December 2020

Connective Cities

Cities Policy Responses

2020 - Tackling coronavirus (COVID‑19) - Contributing to a global effort

OECD

COVID-19 in African cities

2020 - Impacts, Responses and Policies Recommendations

UN-HABITAT, UNCDF, UCLG-Africa, UNECA

UN-Habitat COVID-19 Response Plan

2020 - Leveraging experience, expertise and partnerships to deliver solutions

UN-Habitat

Dealing with the Corona Virus

2020 - Sharing the Experience of German Local Public Utilities in the Water, Energy, and Waste Sector

Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V. (VKU)

 
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