Local economy and industry

Fostering innovative post-COVID-19 strategies for the local economy and industry

With the start of the vaccination campaign, a powerful strategy for pandemic control has been initiated. Once the incidence of infection has declined, the task will be to rebuild the economy, secure jobs, support small and medium enterprises and the informal sector, and change course towards sustainable and green economic development. Cities must therefore find strategies not only to overcome the consequences of the crisis, but also to achieve the goals of major international agendas, including the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda. The Economy Cluster supports urban practitioners in this endeavour by facilitating a fruitful exchange of knowledge and experience on how to promote local economic development, strengthen private sector competitiveness and create job opportunities.

Another thematic focus of the Economy Cluster is the tourism industry, which has been severely affected by the pandemic. Planning for tourism recovery is not about returning to a previous state, but about reorienting the tourism sector to mitigate and adapt to escalating environmental risks, including climate change. To achieve this, the tourism sector must take advantage of emerging market trends and adopt innovative technologies.

In addition, the Industry Cluster focuses on the importance of local economic development agencies in post-pandemic recovery.

Now is the time to find solutions for dealing with the consequences of the pandemic and initiate a new and innovative path of economic and industrial development.

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News & Events

News

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Building. Forward. Better

Building. Forward. Better

14.12.2021

Where we come from - where we are - where we are going. Resumés of the regional coordinators of…

The Connective Cities Lab 2021 – Facts & Findings

The Connective Cities Lab 2021 – Facts & Findings

13.12.2021

The Connective Cities Lab - an online programme for urban practitioners and municipal experts –…

Crisis Management in Palestinian municipalities: in the sectors economy, health and education

Crisis Management in Palestinian municipalities: in the sectors economy, health and education

09.12.2021

Connective Cities: Municipal Response to COVID-19

Call for Participation: Join the Connective CitiesCity Lab

Call for Participation: Join the Connective CitiesCity Lab

03.11.2021

A series of virtual formats to develop solutions to address the pandemic and support community…

 

Good practices and learning experiences

Videos & podcasts

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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 Harinjaka Ratozamanana: Innovation Ecosystems

Interview with Harinjaka Ratozamanana: Innovation Ecosystems

11.03.2021

"Collective ideas of many people can take us even further. I think it’s so important to collaborate…

Interview with Faola Hodaj on Innovation Ecosystems

Interview with Faola Hodaj on Innovation Ecosystems

20.02.2021

Tirana, Albania, is a potential hub for StartUp enthusiasts with a young and multi-lingual…

Podcast with Dr. Lardo Stander: Economic Response and Housing

Podcast with Dr. Lardo Stander: Economic Response and Housing

12.02.2021

Our last of five 15-minute podcasts: People behind the projects with solutions to overcome the…

Good practices

Dialogue mechanisms and targeted financial relief

09/08/2022

As part of its assistance during the COVID 19 pandemic, the Kotor Municipality has adopted a number of measures to…

 

Digitalisation in Madaba Municipality, Jordan

26/01/2022

In line with the efforts in Jordan to drive economic transformation and application of international quality standards,…

 

Hazmieh in Lebanon: A lighthouse in good urban governance

17/05/2021

Hazmieh municipality has set a comprehensive and effective strategy for local economic development, in which the public…

 

Customised pandemic stimulus packages for local businesses

10/04/2021

Fast, competent and geared to business needs: Eager to assist local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the…

 

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Review of virtual events

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Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

Municipal Response to COVID-19 in Business Sector

Municipal Response to COVID-19 in Business Sector

14.06.2021

Review of the Online Workshop on May 27, 2021

Impact of Covid-19 on the tourism sector

Impact of Covid-19 on the tourism sector

01.02.2021

Review of the virtual exchange for Sub Saharan Africa on 12th November 2020

COVID-19: Economic impact and recovery

COVID-19: Economic impact and recovery

29.01.2021

Review of the virtual exchange for Sub Saharan Africa on 10th November 2020

 

Publications

The Case for a Green and Just Recovery

2021 - Technical Report

C40

Final Report: Virtual Global Exchange

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

Connective Cities

Local Economic Development and Job Creation in MENA

2020 - Connective Cities Dialogue Event from 29th September to 7th of October 2020

Connective Cities

The Value of Sustainable Urbanization

2020 - World Cities Report 2020

UN-Habitat

South-East European Local Governments in Post Covid-19 Socio-Economic Recovery

2020 - A survey of 146 respondents, of which 137 local governments and 9 Local Government Associations from SEE

Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS)

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

 
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