Webinar: Building sustainable African cities during and after a pandemic

  • 02nd June 2020
  • by secretary
2 June 2020. Building sustainable African cities during and after a pandemic.

A webinar series in partnership with the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) and partners, contributing to the RISE Africa Roadmap, with support from the European Union (EU), BMZ (German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation) and AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation).

Daily life for local government officials has changed severely. Some are being redeployed to support response operations. Those able to continue with pre-COVID-19 deliverables are doing so with limited access to their offices or from home. This restricts face-to-face meetings and engagements. Those supporting cities and their residents, like national government, the private sector, development agencies and civil society are facing the same restrictions.

Building resilience in African cities is more critical than ever as we move forward during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenging and uncertain times are forcing us to discover and implement new and innovative ways of working, as good practices emerge and signify a new normal.

As part of our support package to cities, ICLEI Africa is introducing a webinar series where city leaders share their experiences, learn from each other, share knowledge and good practices, and inspire new ways of building resilience at the local level in Africa, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The objective of the webinar series is to provide guidance to local governments across Africa on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing climate change, health, sanitation, waste, energy, transport and other sectors relevant to African cities.

The webinar series will provide a platform for local governments to share their experiences, best practices and advice on how to prepare for and build resilience before, during and post-crises, such as the one being experienced at present. This webinar series is specifically tailored to help our cities access information that is both reputable and applicable to African cities. It also aims to reach all cities and will be accessible in multiple languages.