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NEWSLETTER - EDITION No. 36, March 2021

Dear readers,

In this newsletter we unveil new publications, good practices and resources for our community of practice. Furthermore we are delighted to announce the publication of the English version of an open self-paced online course on crisis management for urban practitioners that was translated with the support of Connective Cities and that we hope can be a valuable tool for you and your municipalities.

As recently announced, our international virtual series “Covid-19 Municipal Response Dialogues” is set to continue this year. The continuation of the virtual series will provide a platform for a deeper exchange with a special focus on peer-to-peer consultations and development of joint project ideas. The first virtual exchange is planned on 22 and 25 March and will deal with the implementation of vaccination and communication strategies at the municipal level.

The months of April and May will also see the kick-off of our new learning processes in Germany as well as in the world regions. The City of Bonn will be our virtual host for an international exchange on the local reporting and monitoring of the SDGs. The topic of sustainable land use management will be the focus of the second learning process in the Sub-Saharan Africa region while municipalities in the MENA and the Southeast Europe regions will exchange on the topics of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

We look forward to a busy and exciting spring 2021 of international peer learning!

Your Connective Cities Team

Review
Local Economic Development and Job Creation in Middle East and North Africa
Review of Connective Cities' virtual Project Workshop in January 2021

Tailored technical and financial advice was provided to six municipalities for their project proposals. This gave the community representatives the opportunity to network with representatives from UN-Habitat, IsDB, EBDRD and UNDP and present their project proposals to them.

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Implementing the Non-Motorized Transport Pilot corridor in Kampala City, Uganda
Transforming the Non-Motorised Transport system in Uganda improves walkability, reduces fatalities and promotes social inclusion

The city of Kampala has decided to lead the way in transforming urban mobility in East Africa, a region known for traffic congestion and stressful commuting.

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Focus: Municipal Resonse to COVID-19
Bremen: Good crisis management pays off in times of COVID-19
Adapting operations quickly and efficiently in line with new demands

For years now, the wastewater utility company hanseWasser, based in Bremen, Germany, has been investing in efficient crisis and emergency management. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, its preparedness is paying off.

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Schwäbisch Gmünd – providing quick and flexible help for its businesses
Emergency loans against liquidity bottlenecks for smaller businesses

Smaller businesses in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eager to assist them, the city launched a project to help its businesses ('Gmünd hilft seiner Wirtschaft').

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Communicating clearly on multiple channels
How the City of Stuttgart is getting its messages across during the pandemic

The key to the German City of Stuttgart's successful strategy for passenger transport and communicating with people with disabilities or a migrant background is: keep messaging simple and provide information in several languages and on various channels.

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Self-study course: Crisis Management
Basics, methods and principles

How do I organise a crisis team and how does good crisis management actually work? You will find answers to these questions in the new free self-learning online course "Crisis Management", which is now also available in English.

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A study commissioned by our Southeast Europe and Caucasus Network
Conducted in September 2020, more than half a year after the declaration of a global state of emergency

It covers examples from cities in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine.

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The people behind community responses to COVID-19
Good practices in a series of 2 documentaries, 5 podcasts, and 10 interviews

This week we bring you the two final videos about people behind some of the projects that helped address the COVID 19 crisis in 2020 in several communities around the globe. This will complete our series shortly. Take a look!

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Outlook
Implementing vaccination and communication strategies at the local level
Municipal experts wanted for a two-day international response dialogue from 22nd to 25th of March, 2021

Municipal experts from public health departments, communications departments or Covid-19-related crisis units are warmly invited to apply for participation in the two-day online event (approx. 3 hours per session).

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Strengthening the local implementation of SDGs through local reviews and monitoring
Virtual dialogue event in collaboration with the City of Bonn from 26th to 29th of April, 2021

Thematic focus of this peer-to-peer exchange are data availability and data collection systems, data-driven policy development and contribution to different levels of governance, as well as quality citizen dialogue and stakeholder engagement.

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Sustainable, informed and participatory land management and land use planning in rapidly growing cities
Virtual Connective Cities Dialogue Event for Sub-Saharan Africa from 11th to 14th of May, 2021

Urbanisation in the African continent manifests itself in the rapid growth of megacities, but smaller communities are also expanding steadily. In many places, urbanisation is uncontrolled. The municipalities are struggling to control this development process. The aim of the exchange is to learn about good practice examples from municipalities with different local conditions.

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Promoting Energy Efficiency through innovative city-led projects
Call for Participation for the Virtual Connective Cities Dialogue Event for the MENA Region

Energy-efficient cities are key to promoting a low-carbon future in the MENA region. In particular, reducing energy consumption for heating, cooling and lighting of buildings is an integral part of municipal strategies to achieve the climate goals. Against this background, the second Connective Cities learning process for the MENA region is dedicated to the topic of energy efficiency in municipal responsibility. It is aimed at experts from the MENA countries as well as interested experts from Germany.

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