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Faced with the asymmetrical distribution of Covid’s effects, cities have a critical role in building local resilience. Globally, both pandemic and control measures have severely affected urban residents’ ability to meet basic needs, particularly relating to food, services (e.g. health, education, childcare), and access to reliable information. Central state-led pandemic responses have often fallen short of the appropriate and effective interventions needed at the local scale. Community-based organisations (CBOs) have played a decisive role in pandemic response in many low-income neighbourhoods, mitigating vulnerabilities by responding to gaps in basic needs provisioning. In some cases, they have been supported or partnered by municipal institutions. The pandemic’s critical juncture offers transformative potential for cities, and this workshop explores learnings from state and civil society responses at the urban scale, based on preliminary findings from two projects funded by the Urban Studies Foundation’s Pandemics and Cities fund. Participants include community leaders from Cape Town (South Africa) and Cali (Colombia) alongside project teams and representatives of the City of Cape Town.

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Findings and conclusion  about the Colombian case

Food Security
Digital Inclusion
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