Webinar Series: Connective Cities - International Exchange of Experiences: Lessons Learned in the COVID-19 Crisis

When: 25 August 2020 - 31 December 2020 (schedule updated regularly)

Where: Online

Apply by: Registration open

Connective Cities invites German and international urban practitioners to a virtual event series

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.Many cities and municipalities have found solutions to the new challenges and developed new strategies. In order to better address the issues related to the pandemic, it is now necessary to share and possibly develop these solutions and strategies together.

From August to December 2020, the international community of practice for sustainable urban development Connective Cities is organising 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 targets German and international urban practitioners working on various aspects of municipal strategies to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Presentations of good practice examples will encourage the participating stakeholders to exchange ideas. Developing customized and practical solutions for relevant affected cities can also be an additional and beneficial outcome of the series in the context of a follow-up cooperation.

Some of these virtual meetings will have a specific regional focus, while others will have a global approach and will be open to participation across the world regions.

The thematic areas of the event series are:

  • Containing the pandemic: Local authorities as stakeholders in public health care;
  • Resilient communities in the pandemic: ensuring the provision of municipal services and the further work of the local administration;
  • Lockdown management: organizational planning, crisis management teams, ensuring local supply facilities for the resident population, safety, culture;
  • Digitalisation of processes and services as a crisis mitigation strategy;
  • Economic development in times of crisis; protecting and supporting small businesses, reconstruction, green recovery;
  • Supporting and collaborating with schools, daycare centers, and other educational facilities during the pandemic: digital learning possibilities, childcare alternatives, digital gap in education;
  • Solidarity and equality: how do we protect the weakest? Mass housing, urban poverty, informal settlements;
  • Resilience for the future: learning from experiences for tomorrow's urban development;

The working language of the event series is English. Interpretation into another language will be provided if required and depending on the regional focus.

If you would like to participate in one of the virtual exchange formats or share your experiences, make sure to check out the current schedule of events here.