Despite the multiple challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic, it presents a unique opportunity for the urban leaders to learn from this crisis to build long-term societal, economic and environmental resilience against recurring natural and manmade disasters. As urban areas emerged at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also reinvigorated the need for “Reimagining Inclusive Cities in the COVID-19 Era”. The mass exodus of migrant workers from the cities, the colossal rampage caused by the second wave of the pandemic in April-May 2021 and the grave economic losses borne by the country indicate the need to safeguard the cities especially for marginalised communities.
Day 1: 'Responsive urban planning framework towards building equitable and inclusive cities in the wake of Covid-19' - The session will lay out various experiences in building equitable and inclusive cities through innovative urban planning tools including data management and legal frameworks. It will discuss the adaption of various countries to the changing urban paradigm and their subsequent creation of inclusive cities with special focus on the informal settlements.
Day 2: 'Upgrading informal settlements to foster resilient cities against future pandemics' - The session will lay out experiences in fostering resilient cities, through upgradation of informal settlement. It will discuss the adaption of various countries and their process of rolling out upgradation programmes, to reduce vulnerability from any future health crisis.
Day 3: 'Ensuring integration of informal economy in to city value chain to combat economic adversities in the event of pandemic' - The session will lay out various experiences in enabling financial inclusion, by recognising the informal workers and integration of informal economy into the city value chain. It will discuss interventions in the aspect of livelihood, access to finance and income generation to achieve economic resilience.