COVID-19 IN AFRICAN CITIES: Impacts, Responses and Policies- Webinar, 16 June

COVID-19, a global pandemic declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), is crippling the global economy and upending people’s lives therebythreatening sustainable development across all its dimensions. Africa is also facing the dire consequences of the crisis, necessitating timely response, recovery and rebuilding policies and strategies. Globally, urban areas are the epicenters of the epidemic accounting for most of the confirmed COVID-19 cases. UN-Habitat in collaboration with UNECA, UNCDF, UCLG Africa, AfDB, and Shelter Afrique will be co-hosting a virtual launch of the report titled COVID-19 in African Cities: Impacts, Responses and Policies on June 16, 2020 at 1;00 – 2;30pm EAT. The report analyses the current situation within the African continent and efforts channeled at mitigating the global pandemic within the context of cities in the region. To promptly and effectively address the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic in Africa at the urban scale, the report is proposing responses for short,medium- and long-term interventions to be led by national and local governments with the support of International and Regional Development Institutions.


Moderator:Alioune Badiane, President Urban Think Tank


  • Oumar Sylla, Director Regional Office for Africa, UN-Habitat

Urban and informal settlements

  • Edlam Yemeru, Chief Urbanization and development Section, UNECA

Economic development and industrial transformation

  • Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary-General UCLGAfrica

Role of local Government

  • Dmitry Pozhidaev, Regional Technical Advisor, UNCDF
  • Protecting, transforming and improving resilience of municipal finance
  • Muhammad Gambo, PhD; Manager in charge of Policy, Research and Partnerships, Shelter Afrique

Increasing housing provision beyond the pandemic

  • Stefan Atchia, Chief Urban Division, AfDB

Role of financial institution

The report can be accessed via:


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
1:00 pm  |  Nairobi Time (Nairobi, GMT+03:00)  |  1 hr 30 mins


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