10.11.2020 - 12.11.2020  // virtual conference

Covid-19: Topic: Economic impact and recovery

Connective Cities Sub Saharan Africa: Virtual series on municipal response to Covid-19

Geschlossen-Schild hängt an Glastür eines Geschäfts in einer Stadt
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The Covid-19 pandemic has had a deteriorating impact on the national and local government economic resources. In economies that largely depend on informal labour market, a lot of people have lost their livelihoods. The governments have been torn between life and livelihoods as the interaction of people propels the spread of the virus.

This shift affected the revenue stream for the local government especially in the cities as a result of shrinking businesses and also a mass migration of the urban population to the rural areas. This has a negative impact on effective operations of the municipalities and service provision.

Whilst the impact of this pandemic has been felt worldwide, cities have responded with different measures to avert the spread and cushion against long-term impacts and even future pandemics. It’s against this background that Connective Cities1 is offering a platform in which cities will share the challenges they have experienced and interventions that have either been implemented or are being planned to safeguard against the negative impacts and future pandemics.

In the second series, we look at the economic impact of the pandemic, recovery and resilience of cities.

Conference language is English.

More information:Concept paper [pdf 3 pages]

Participation and contact

If you have further questions or would like to participate, please send an e-mail to Sophia Kamau (sophia.kamau(at), Regional Coordinator for Connective Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.


 COVID-19 Connective Cities Good Urban Governance Urban budget and municipal finances Local economic development Start-up promotion Green Urban Economy Fostering innovation SME promotion