Wanted: an inclusive vision of urban recovery from COVID-19: Make Change Happen podcast episode 12

Article, 21 June 2021

In this episode of Make Change Happen, expert practitioners discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in urban areas, and they share a range of inclusive, locally led responses from the global South.



IIED’s ‘Make Change Happen’ podcast provides an opportunity to hear our researchers and guests discuss key global development challenges and explain what we are doing to support positive change. 

In this episode, we explore how COVID-19 is currently affecting urban low-income communities in the global South and consider its impact on existing inequalities. We look at the success of some current city and community-level responses, and ask what would a transformative urban recovery from COVID-19 look like for cities in the global South? And how could a shared vision for this enable an equitable recovery?

Hosted by Liz Carlile, this podcast features Beth Chitekwe-Biti, acting managing director of Slum Dwellers International (SDI); Joe Muturi, coordinator of Kenya Slum Dwellers’ Federation and chair of SDI’s management committee; Caroline Skinner, director of urban research for Women in Informal Employment, Globalising and Organising (WIEGO); Sunandan Tiwari, director of global implementation at the World Secretariat of ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability); and IIED senior researcher Anna Walnycki.

A unifying framework to build back better

The urban dimensions of COVID-19 have been largely ignored and yet the economic impacts of the pandemic are especially severe in cities and towns in the global South, where low-income residents have been disproportionately affected.

In this episode, our guests share their experience working with urban communities to address the impacts of COVID-19, offer pointers on how to achieve a fair and green recovery for those living in urban spaces, and discuss the importance of an inclusive framework for recovery that is shared at community, city, national and international levels.

This podcast amplifies the voices from the key actors that have co-created such a tool: IIED and partners’ transformative urban recovery framework seeks to support holistic and collaborative interventions, able to address the complex risks and exclusions facing urban residents in low- and middle-income countries. Find out more by listening to the episode.

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The ‘Make Change Happen’ podcast provides informal insights into IIED’s work to create positive change and make the complex issues we face more accessible to wider audiences. The title refers to IIED’s 2019-2024 strategy, which sets out how IIED plans to respond to the critical challenges of our time. 

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