News & Analysis: Urbanization

Mayor of Freetown: ‘Cities need inclusive COVID-19 responses to build back stronger. But we can’t do it alone.’

“95% of Covid-19 cases are reported in urban areas. That puts cities on the frontlines of a global public health crisis that is widening the gap between those with the comfort and safety of a home and those forced to leave their homes behind.”

via Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Three pillars of Africa’s COVID-19 recovery

“Returning the world to any kind of recognizable ‘normal’ might take years. Even so, there are ways Africa can speed its economic recovery—and build a stronger, more robust, more competitive post-COVID-19 environment for business growth and job creation.”

via World Bank

Redesigning Urban Markets Post-COVID-19

“Across the world, policies have been unable to quarantine inequalities. As African cities rebuild their economy, the urban market, formal or informal, can be the space that brings people together, creates employment and adds life to the city.”

via Inter Press Service News

E-Conomy Africa 2020: Africa’s $180 billion Internet economy future

“Africa’s Internet economy is transforming development on the continent by fostering economic opportunities, creating jobs, and providing innovative solutions to complex challenges, like access to healthcare, education, and finance.”

via IFC

Overcrowding and pandemic risk hotspots in Rwanda

“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on urban density, particularly in developing cities, where overcrowding in unplanned settlements makes it near impossible to practice adequate social distancing. Evidence has shown that overcrowding – and not density – is a risk factor for respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.”

via International Growth Centre

Ghana To Provide 550,000 People with Improved Water and Sanitation Services

“The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved $125 million to support the Government of the Republic of Ghana’s effort to reach 550,000 people in low income urban communities with improved sanitation and water supply services. “

via World Bank

Property taxes in a pandemic world

“While increasing demands are being placed on cities to address the current crisis and plan for resilience in the future, key sources of city government revenues are drying up. Taxes based on the value of property offer extraordinary potential for cities in financing urban recovery, but crucial to this is raising tax morale through visible investments in infrastructure and citizen engagement.”

via International Growth Centre

Kenya Receives $150 Million to Improve Living Conditions for 1.7 Million Residents in Urban Informal Settlements

“The project will also cushion urban informal settlement residents who depend on daily earnings against the negative socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via World Bank

Khartoum’s lockdown

“Broadly, the stakes of the lockdown for the civilian population ranged from being a plausible measure to contain the pandemic, a temporary relief with the weakening demand on petrol fuels amounting to almost $200 million per month of subsidies, but also a threat due to the rising discontent amongst the daily earners.”

via Africa is a Country

Rethinking regulations: Informal settlements in the time of COVID-19

“Informal settlements, given their high densities and lacking water and sanitation infrastructure, are potential hotspots for the spread of pandemics like COVID-19. To remedy this, upgrading informal settlements will be essential. However, for long term resilience, we need to tackle the regulatory challenges that keep formal housing prices unattainable for the urban poor.”

via International Growth Centre