Better cities after COVID-19

Issue paper
, 28 pages
PDF (1.45 MB)
Published: June 2021
ISBN: 9781784318970
Product code:20241IIED

This issue paper proposes a novel framework to support a transformative recovery in cities of the global South. COVID-19 has created a critical juncture in the development of cities in the global South. Local governments and grassroots organisations have led urban responses that have been pivotal in shaping the pandemic’s outcomes for low-income residents. Yet policymakers have had only a limited focus on the pandemic’s urban dimensions.

Now, holistic interventions will be vital to address the complex exclusions and risks facing low-income urban residents. Synthesising evidence on the pandemic’s impacts in urban areas, this issue paper outlines a set of policy priorities and develops a framework with guiding principles for co-creating inclusive, forward-looking pathways out of the crisis.

The framework will help key stakeholders – including health officials, local and national governments and international agencies – create an equitable and transformative urban recovery.

Cite this publication

Sverdlik , A. and Walnycki, A. (2021). Better cities after COVID-19. IIED, London.
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