Connective Cities
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT
NEWSLETTER - EDITION No. 33, October 2020

Dear Readers,

The measures against the Covid-19 pandemic are becoming part of our new normal. Unfortunately, despite those, infections are on the rise in many countries and new stricter regulations are often being enforced in order to prevent a second round of lockdowns.

To exchange on the challenges but also on the lessons learned on how to deal with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in different municipal thematic areas, Connective Cities is continuing its international virtual series “Covid-19 Municipal Response Dialogues”. With 10 events already organised and more than 15 still coming up, in the next weeks we will be looking at practical municipal examples on topics such as communication in a crisis and economic impact and recovery, just to name two of them.  

Furthermore, Connective Cities continues supporting local learning processes through its new interactive virtual formats. In the past four months we have organised six virtual dialogue and planning workshops and two expert missions and we have been very impressed by your engagement and commitment in showcasing your good practices, in supporting each other though peer-to-peer consultations on local challenges and in developing practical project ideas.

We are very much looking forward to continuing connecting with you through our now virtual but still very active community of practice for sustainable urban development.

Stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

Your Connective Cities Team

Review
Municipal responses in the COVID-19 crisis
Civil society initiatives during and after the corona pandemic
Review of the virtual expert exchange for the MENA region on August 25, 2020

In this virtual event, three good practices were shared from Beni-Khalled (Tunisia), Greater Amman (Jordan), Zletin (Libya). The central role of civil society in monitoring the impact of the pandemic and on community service delivery was more than evident.

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Pandemic Response in refugee-hosting cities
Review of the virtual expert exchange for the MENA region on August 27, 2020 | Outlook on further cooperation

The pandemic management in the municipal unions of Jurd Al Qayta and Dreib Al Awsat in Lebanon, which host refugees, was optimized with the open source software "Salamti". The presentation of this good practice led to a cooperation between the initiators of the Salamti application and the Greater Absan municipality in Gaza.

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Experiences with contact tracing and outbreak management
Review of the virtual expert exchange on 28 September 2020

The virtual event focused on best practices from Berlin and Hazmieh (Lebanon). The participants identified common challenges and opportunities for cooperation in implementing municipal measures to contain the pandemic.

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Digitalisation of Municipal Services in Southeast Europe (SEE) and Caucasus
Review of the virtual expert exchange for Southeast Europe on 7 October 2020

The event focused on the process of the digital transformation of cities as a response to the COVID -19 outbreak. From the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, municipalities around the world experienced a strong push to digitalise not only their existing services but also create new protocols to tackle various crisis-induced demands.

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Prelude to a dialogue event
Urban Gardening: Urban green spaces for social and economic resilience
Review of the virtual expert exchange on 22 September 2020

Urban gardening also helps to make communities more resistant to the consequences of the Corona pandemic. A short review of the event with three good practices from New York, Techiman (Ghana) and Berlin - including a inspiring video about the role of urban gardens in the German capital. This virtual exchange was the prelude to a dialogue event on the subject, which is expected to take place in the first half of 2021.

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Insights
Good Practices
The EcoCentro in Quito, Ecuador
Research and awareness raising for a culture of organic waste recycling

EcoCentro is a didactic educational alternative to further research, teach and learn how to handle organic waste and finally become part of an organic production chain in the network of urban gardens. The personal responsibility of the citizens is central here.

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Dialogue Events and Planning Workshops
Green Urban Infrastructure in Asian Cities
Connective Cities virtual planning workshop from 3 to 14 August 2020

The event was a follow-up to the dialogue event in Bandung, Indonesia in November 2019. The aim of the workshop was to further develop existing project ideas by discussing arising challenges and trying out new methods to find new approaches to urban planning. Through the "Design Thinking" method, the 30 participants from 6 Asian cities were able to broaden their perspectives and align their project ideas more strategically to the needs of the citizens.

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Improving efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of water, wastewater management and urban mobility services
Connective Cities Sub Saharan Africa Virtual Dialogue Event from 7 to 14 September 2020

More than 40 participants from 24 cities representing seven African countries and Germany met in intermittent virtual sessions - a challenge in itself but one that was taken up with commitment. In addition to intensive discussions, six project ideas were developed, which Connective Cities will continue to support in refining the concepts.

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The role of Local Government Associations in localising the Sustainable Development Goals
Connective Cities virtual dialogue event from 1 to 4 September 2020

The event was organized in cooperation with UCLG and PLATFORMA. As a result, four project ideas were developed. Three of these project ideas have a national focus. The fourth project is a joint project with the aim of developing a standard format that can be used by several associations of cities in different countries.

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Outlook
Provision of municipal services during a pandemic
Connective Cities Sub Saharan Africa: Virtual series on Municipal Response to Covid-19 from 27 to 29 October 2020

The water supply and solid waste management in the rapidly growing cities of sub-Saharan Africa is the focus of this exchange of expertise. Share your experiences with us and other regional experts!

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Communication in the crisis: citizens, passengers & customers
Connective Cities international virtual exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the COVID-19 crisis on 28 October from 13:00 to 15:30 (CET)

During a pandemic, how can reliable and timely information be provided to different groups of stakeholders: to all citizens, to passengers in public transport or to customers of municipal service providers? Practical examples from Stuttgart (Germany) and around the world will be presented and discussed. Join the discussion!

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Municipal services in the pandemic
Connective Cities international virtual exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the COVID-19 crisis on 4 November from 13:00 to 15:30 (CET)

How can municipal services in the areas of water and waste management be maintained even in times of crisis? Practical examples from Rostock (Germany) and the world will be the starting point for a peer exchange of expertise. You too can share your experiences!

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Covid-19 and urban poverty: socio-economic impact and economic recovery
Connective Cities Sub Saharan Africa: Virtual series on Municipal Response to Covid-19 on November 10 and 12 2020

In economies that depend largely on the informal labor market, many people have lost their livelihoods. Cities have responded with various measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic and mitigate its long-term effects. The economic recovery and resilience of cities in sub-Saharan Africa is the focus of this exchange of experiences.

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Economic development in times of crisis
Connective Cities international virtual exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the COVID-19 crisis on 11 November from 13:00 to 15:30 (CET)

Innovative approaches to business promotion from Schwäbisch Gmünd-Germany and the world are presented. They show how the local economy and retail trade can be supported in meeting the challenges during the pandemic. German and international experts are cordially invited to this peer exchange.

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Experts
Finding experts - registering as an expert
The expert database of the Connective Cities web portal facilitates networking of municipal professionals from Germany and other countries worldwide, interested in a global exchange of their expertise. 
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Good Practices
Practical examples from experts for experts
Benefit from our constantly growing collection of successful projects for sustainable urban development, through using it as an inspiration and learning from the experience of practitioners.
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