How COVID-19 will impact our cities in the long term


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The impact of COVID-19 in cities around the world is still unraveling. This coronavirus pandemic combines health, economic, and social crises pushing millions of people back into poverty. The biggest opportunity for cities from this pandemic is to build back better, focusing on more climate-resilient infrastructure that does more with less.

Abha Joshi-Ghani, Senior Adviser, Public-Private Partnerships at The World Bank, explains how national governments need to work with city officials and people to create sound policies that lay the ground for recovering from the aftermath of the pandemic. 

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Abha Joshi-Ghani

Senior Adviser, Infrastructure Finance, PPPs & Guarantees, The World Bank

John Turner
November 23, 2020

Dear Ma'am Abha, thank you for headlining this long awaited recognition of typical City Scapes.
It's not to soon enough to "Decentralize" from National Governments that have if lucky a 4 year plan, but only with an eye for the next election. That's how we got here. Now we have a chance at doing better than that. With all the IT, AI at our disposal, (work from home) we are already heading up the decentralized revolution. Big Business brings Big Problems and ltd locally applicable solutions. People services for the people by the people should be the new creed. Not the old Greed Greed Greed. You want things to happen, give similar budgets to local companies or groups that can serve that local need. More environmentally friendly and people will start to take ownership, as it is part of them bringing benefit to their community that they can see and feel. I'm a water management engineer, so you can imagine my frustration living in the Philippines and seeing what happens after every storm, what happens when 93% are not connected to a sewer or drainage system. Here and so many other places. Bare essential services in rural and semi-urban developments would go a long way to stem the migration for a better ??? life in the city. Decentralize take it out of vested interest politically motivated decision makers. We need long term and that usually is provided by local residents with a different kind of vested interest in their community.

Dinesh Gusain
November 23, 2020

In india its impact in the urban areas will influence the migration,the unorganized sector and the street vendors will be much effected for their basic care in health and livelihoods.