The role of innovation in curbing the impacts of the pandemic

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

More than 15 municipal representatives from around 15 cities in MENA and sub-Sharan Africa participated in the virtual event of the knowledge-exchange series on Municipal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, which took place on the 14th October 2020.

Municipal representatives from both political and technical levels were invited and they engaged in knowledge-exchange to analyse and discuss practical examples on how innovation contributes to curbing the impacts of the pandemic.


As part of the virtual event, four good practices from Aachen (Germany), Biskra and Batna (Algeria), and Mosul (Iraq) were showcased. The virtual event aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences of interventions undertaken from a production, innovation, and scientific point of view to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on cities in MENA and Germany.

Moreover, the following set of questions were addressed:

  1. How did the local actors implement innovative initiatives to curb the impacts of the pandemic?
  2. What have been the core challenges in developing the innovative solutions?
  3. How can partnerships initiate strategic and operational response to the short-term challenges resulting from Covid-19, as well as the long-term planning recovery?
  4. What are the lessons learned from the perspective of local and national entities, research institutions and the private sector in developing these initiatives?


Fight Corona.AC initiative in RWTH Aachen university, Germany
Prof. Jan Borchers, RWTH Aachen university, Germany
English   Arabic

COV-Fight Project in Biskra, Algeria
Mr. Imad Tibermacine, Biskra, Algeria
English   Arabic

3D printing technology for the production of medical supplies in Batnah, Algeria
Mr. Belcasem Islam, Batnah, Algeria
English   Arabic

Mosul Space in Mosul, Iraq
Ms. Susan Long, Innovation Lead for Middle East at Field Ready
Mr. Salih Mahmod, Mosul Space
English   Arabic


The showcasing of good practices resulted in an opportunity for cooperation between the innovation hub in Mosul, Iraq and Algerian good practices. Connective Cities will facilitate this cooperation.


Connective Cities Network MENA
 COVID-19 , Connective Cities , Integrated urban development , Security in cities , Local economic development , Fostering innovation
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