COVID-19

International exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the Covid-19 crisis

Cities worldwide are still experiencing the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout all their municipal departments. In addition to public health care, municipal services must be maintained during the crisis. Local governments must also ensure their own ability to function properly. Some consequences of the pandemic, such as halting economic development, hit local authorities first. Municipalities are currently having to learn to cope with new situations very fast. But the crisis has also shown how important the resilience of municipalities is: this directly applies to local crisis management and disaster preparedness as well as the need for continually adaptive urban planning and development towards increasing the resilience of cities. The current crisis has shown and proven once again that resilience is an essential capacity of municipalities.

 
From August to December 2020, the international community of practice for sustainable urban development Connective Cities organised a series of virtual exchange formats on measures, challenges, and solutions to overcome the corona crisis in cooperation with engaged urban practitioners (municipal experts as well as local experts from academia, civil society and business). The series of virtual exchange events targeted German and international urban practitioners working on various aspects of municipal strategies to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Presentations of good practice examples encouraged the participating stakeholders to exchange ideas.

Virtual Global Exchange "Municipal Response to COVID-19" from 23rd November to 3rd December 2020

Report on the compact two-week exchange within the series of events

During the first week, urban practitioners and experts from different municipalities, the civil society, business and academia, presented a total of 56 Good Practices in 18 sessions and gave insights into their experienced challenges and local solutions. The second week focused on concrete applications with hands-on exercises such as using social media, digital tools, and planning virtual meetings. 
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Let’s keep the Virtual Global Exchange alive!

After such an intense serie of Community Events filled with personal story sharing moments we decided to capture Good Practices in a series of 2 documentary movies, 5 podcasts and 10 interviews.  

Starting Thursday, 20th of January 2021, we’ll let you know the people behind some of the projects that helped to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in several municipalities around the Globe during 2020 that will raise our hope for 2021.


Videos about Municipal Response to COVID-19

Kiel: Entrepreneurship and Digitalisation

 
We traveled to Kiel, where we captured deep insights from a city that, as a digital champion, had to adapt quickly. How do you keep your StartUp community alive if people cannot meet personally?

 

Weimar: Economic response to COVID-19

 
Weimar, a city that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Watch how did the local city guides, hoteliers and small shop owners react to the lockdown? And what did the local authorities do?

 

Hazmieh, Lebanon

 
Strategic Prepardness and Response Plan Using GIS

The video shows how the city of Hazmieh was enabled to obtain a fully functional Geographic Information System (GIS) and how GIS played the main role in increasing significantly the municipality's yearly income. Now, the strategic preparedness via GIS allowed the immediate planning and execution of an emergency plan against COVID-19...

 

Beni-Khalled, Tunisia

 
Beni-Khalled is a city of about 26.000 inhabitants in the North-East of Tunisia. COVID-19 led to an unknown wave of solidarity. For the first time, all association and NGOs there united for a successful funding campaign to equip regional hospitals and healthcare workers with protective equipment and clothing. Young people volunteered to ensure security measures in public areas and to provide food for lock-downed and elderly people…

 

Amman, Jordan

 
"The only constant thing is change."
Dr. Mervat Al Muheirat, Deputy City Manager for Health and Agriculture, explains her response plan to COVID-19 for the Jordanian capital and its successful implementation. Amman is home to about 50% of the Jordanian population. In the meantime, most of the restrictions have been gradually lifted.

 

Hazmieh, Lebanon

 
Excellent in fighting COVID-19
As a result of the successful measures, there have so far been only nine cases tested positive in this city of approx. 50,000 inhabitants. The recipe for success: a comprehensive but composed communication strategy, 100% compliance of the population with the measures, extensive disinfection measures, and monitoring and tracking of all measures through an innovative GIS-based database according to the latest state of the art.

 

Reviews of selected events

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Provision of basic services: solid waste management

Provision of basic services: solid waste management

25.01.2021

Review of the virtual exchange for Sub Saharan Africa on 29th October 2020


Documentations of dialogue events

Improving efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of water, wastewater management and urban mobility services

07/09/2020 to 14/09/2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed what was known to be normal. In the new normal, Connective Cities has also…

 

News about COVID-19

News about COVID-19

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Kiel: Entrepreneurship and Digitalisation

Kiel: Entrepreneurship and Digitalisation

26.01.2021

Second documentary in our new series on municipal responses to COVID-19.

Provision of basic services: solid waste management

Provision of basic services: solid waste management

25.01.2021

Review of the virtual exchange for Sub Saharan Africa on 29th October 2020

Weimar: Economic response to COVID-19

Weimar: Economic response to COVID-19

21.01.2021

Kick-off of a series of Good Practices: 2 documentaries, 5 podcasts and 10 interviews.

Provision of basic services: water supply

Provision of basic services: water supply

18.01.2021

Review of the virtual exchange for Sub Saharan Africa on 27th October 2020

Global Mayors Challenge 2021

Global Mayors Challenge 2021

12.01.2021

Bloomberg Philantrophies awards 50 leading urban innovations

Infection chains - preventing infections through distance, communication and support for the informal sector

Infection chains - preventing infections through distance, communication and support for the informal sector

05.01.2021

Review of the virtual exchange for Latin America on 14.10. and 05.11.2020

Happy New Year 2021!

Happy New Year 2021!

31.12.2020

The vaccination is coming! And with it another perspective!

International exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the Covid-19 crisis

International exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the Covid-19 crisis

14.12.2020

Connective Cities global exchange series on ”Municipal Response to COVID-19”

Municipal services in the pandemic

Municipal services in the pandemic

17.11.2020

Review of the international virtual expert exchange on November 4, 2020

Communication in the crisis: citizens, passengers & customers

Communication in the crisis: citizens, passengers & customers

13.11.2020

Review of the international virtual expert exchange on October 28, 2020

The role of innovation in curbing the impacts of the pandemic

The role of innovation in curbing the impacts of the pandemic

07.11.2020

Review of the virtual expert exchange for the MENA region on October 14, 2020

How ‘school streets’ could create safer, healthier cities

How ‘school streets’ could create safer, healthier cities

04.11.2020

Closing roads outside schools to motor traffic during school drop-offs and pick-ups - Amy Barnes and…

 
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