Expert's Corner: Exploring Impacts and Institutional Responses to COVID-19: "Revisiting Urban Local Governance in South Asia: Lessons from the Pandemic for Furthering Resilience" with CPR
Date and Time: 17 November 2021 | 8-9 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
As part of Expert’s Corner, an initiative to have external experts share their insights with UNDP, the Governance Community of Practice is collaborating with the Crisis Bureau’s Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions (CPPRI) team to deliver a series of events on the theme of “Exploring Impacts and Institutional Responses to COVID-19”. Four events, delivered in partnership with leading researchers in the field, are taking place throughout November and early December. They will communicate evidence from large-scale comparative analysis on the impacts of and institutional responses to COVID-19, whilst also reflecting on implications for UNDP policy and programming.
This third event of the series will focus on “Revisiting Urban Local Governance in South Asia: Lessons from the Pandemic for Furthering Resilience” and will take place on 17 November 2021 from 8.00 to 9.00 am EST. The Scaling City Institutions for India Sanitation initiative at the Center for Policy Research (CPR) conducted a study to understand the specific vulnerabilities of the urban poor in the context of past pandemics and during COVID-19 in order to craft specific urban governance recommendations to build greater resilience in cities in South Asia and India. Their research covered primary surveys in 10 cities/towns in India that were selected to ensure representation of various geographical regions, urban settlement sizes, densities, and economic activities. It also reviewed press coverage and other secondary sources from India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal. Their findings indicate a need to build urban resilience through sixteen actions across three broad areas, which are (a) Building urban resilience through integrated planning; (b) Attenuate Formal Vs Informal categories to universalize access to public services; (c) Enable legal reforms and revisit governance responsibilities, scales, and interfaces.