Urban-Rural Linkages Webinar Series

In light of COVID-19 pandemic, the UN-Habitat Urban-Rural Linkages project aims to exchange information and learn from the efforts of different actors to overcome this crisis and enhance post-crisis recovery actions by bringing a focus to urban-rural linkages and integrated territorial approaches. We invite you to join us in a series of URL webinars on URL-entry points and various related topics, where we invite local government officials, experts from international organizations and research institutes and other URL stakeholders to put the Guiding Principles and Framework of Action in contexts and discuss the latest issues in the development of the urban-rural synergy.

For more readings and documents on URL, please go to this page.

Urban-Rural Linkages in the Time of Covid-19: Neighbourhood Governance and Community
Response

The fifth session of the Urban-Rural Linkages in the time of Covid-19 series, is on Neighbourhood Governance and Community Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, jointly organised with the UK Research and Innovation GCRF Centre for Sustainable Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), will take place on June 4, 2020, from 16:00 to 17:30 East Africa Time (EAT) (14:00 to 15:30 BST).
The objectives of this session are to:
• Learn more about the adaptation and innovation of neighbourhood governance structures in the face of Covid-19
• Develop a deep understanding of concrete interventions by different neighbourhood governance configurations to manage urban-rural flows of people, resources, and capital during the pandemic.
• Discuss the contribution of urban-rural linkages and integrated territorial approaches to handle the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and post-crisis recovery in neighbourhoods.

Mario Delos-Reyes, University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP), President & CEO Centre for Neighbourhood Studies (CeNS) and Co- Investigator SHLC
Francis Levira, Ifakara Health Institute (Tanzania) and Co-Investigator SHLC
Maria Teresa Nogales, Founder & Executive Director at Alternativas Foundation
Erika Salem, Programm officer, Montréal – Métropole en santé

Erika Salem, Programm officer, Montréal – Métropole en santé. Download the presentation here.
Francis Levira, Ifakara Health Institute (Tanzania) and Co-Investigator SHLC. Download the presentation here.
Maria Teresa Nogales, Founder & Executive Director at Alternativas Foundation. Download this presentation here.
Mario Delos-Reyes, University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP), President & CEO Centre for Neighbourhood Studies (CeNS) and Co- Investigator SHLC. Download the presentation here.

Urban-Rural Linkages in the time of Covid-19:  Covid-19 impact on the urban poor and slum dwellers in Asia and Africa

The fourth session of this webinar series, Urban-Rural Linkages in the time of Covid-19:  Covid-19 impact on the urban poor and slum dwellers in Asia and Africa, jointly organised with the UK Research and Innovation  GCRF Centre for Sustainable Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), will examine the impacts of Covid-19 on the urban poor and slum dwellers through the lens of urban-rural linkages. This session will take place on May 28, 2020, from 16:00 to 17:30 East Africa Time (EAT) (GMT/London, 14:00 to 15:30).

The objectives of this session are to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding on the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic on slum dwellers and the urban poor.
  • Discuss the contributions of urban-rural linkages and integrated territorial approaches to address the needs of slum dwellers and the urban poor in the face of Covid-19.

SPEAKERS

  • Debolina Kundu, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), India (Co-Investigator of SHLC)
  • David Everatt, School of Governance University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Co-Investigator of SHLC)
  • Kerstin Sommer, Programme Manager of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, UN-Habitat
  • Joseph Muturi, Slum Dwellers International

DISCUSSANTS:

  • Cherian Thomas, Chief Executive Officer at World Vision India
  • Samuel Ikua, Mazingira Institute
  • Richard McCarthy, working with FAO in Dhaka
David Everatt, School of Governance University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Co-Investigator of SHLC). Click here to download this presentation.
Debolina Kundu, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), India (Co-Investigator of SHLC). Click here to download this presentation.
Joseph Muturi, Slum Dwellers International.Click here to download this presentation.
Kerstin Sommer, Programme Manager of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, UN-Habitat. Click here to download this presentation.

Urban-Rural Linkages in the Time of COVID-19
: Intermediate Cities and Small Towns

The third session of this webinar series, Urban-Rural Linkages in the time of Covid-19: Intermediate Cities and Small Towns, will provide an overview of the current range of Covid-19 response measures in intermediate cities and small towns through the lens of urban-rural linkages. This session took place on May 21, 2020, from 16:00 to 17:30 East Africa Time (EAT) (GMT +03:00)
The main objectives of the sessions are to:
• Understand the role that small towns and intermediate cities are playing in relation to the flows of food, goods, and resources between urban and rural areas at regional and national levels in the face of COVID-19.
• Learn more about concrete interventions concerning urban-rural flows of people, resources, and capital in small towns and intermediate cities.
• Discuss the contribution of urban-rural linkages and integrated territorial approaches to handle the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and post-crisis recovery in small towns and intermediate cities.

Edmundo Werna, Senior-level Urbanist, International Labour Organization (ILO). To download this presentation, click here.
Presentation by José Enrique Garcilazo, Head of Regional and Rural Policy Unit at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Ellen van Selm , Mayor of Opsterland, NetherlandsTo see her presentation, please click here.
Firdaous Oussidhoum, Special adviser to the Secretary General, United Cities and Local
Governments (UCLG) World Secretariat Barcelona. To download
this presentation, please click here.

Urban-Rural Linkages in the time of Covid-19: Metropolitan Perspectives

The main objective of the session is to learn from the role and measures that metropolitan authorities are adopting in the territories in the face of Covid-19 and discuss the impact of these measures on urban-rural flows of people, goods, services, resources and capital. Furthermore, the session aims to show the value of integrated and multi-level governance arrangements to manage resources across urban and rural areas, but also the challenges that these forms of governance are facing. For recording of the webinar, please click here. For the webinar report, please click here.

Gabriel Voisin-Fradin, Project Manager for International Economic Relations, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, France. Click here to download his slides.
         Mario Silva, Managing Director of the Metropolitan Planning Institute of the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara (IMEPLAN), Mexico. Click here to download his slides.
         Lia Brum, Metropolis Observatory Officer, Secretariat General · World Association of the Major Metropolises. Click here to download her slides.
Please see the presentation of our moderador Rafael Forero on the Global State of Metropolis here.

Urban-Rural Linkages in the Time of Covid-19

The first webinar of this series took place on Monday, May 4th, 2020. The panel discussion provided an overview of the current range of Covid-19 mitigation and post-Covid-19 recovery measures, bringing different perspectives and covering different geographical regions through the lens of urban-rural linkages. For recording of the video, please click here. For the webinar report, please click here.

Jun WangSecretary of the CPC Songyang County Party CommitteePeople’s Republic of China. Click here to download his slides.
Rafel ForeroUrban Policy and Metropolitan ExpertUN-Habitat. Click here to download his slides.
Thomas ForsterDirectorPractice2Policy . Click here to download his slides.

The fourth session of this webinar series, Urban-Rural Linkages in the time of Covid-19:  Covid-19 impact on the urban poor and slum dwellers in Asia and Africa, jointly organised with the UK Research and Innovation  GCRF Centre for Sustainable Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), will examine the impacts of Covid-19 on the urban poor and slum dwellers through the lens of urban-rural linkages. This session will take place on May 28, 2020, from 16:00 to 17:30 East Africa Time (EAT) (GMT/London, 14:00 to 15:30).

The objectives of this session are to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding on the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic on slum dwellers and the urban poor.
  • Discuss the contributions of urban-rural linkages and integrated territorial approaches to address the needs of slum dwellers and the urban poor in the face of Covid-19.

SPEAKERS

  • Debolina Kundu, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), India (Co-Investigator of SHLC)
  • David Everatt, School of Governance University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Co-Investigator of SHLC)
  • Kerstin Sommer, Programme Manager of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, UN-Habitat
  • Joseph Muturi, Slum Dwellers International

DISCUSSANTS:

  • Cherian Thomas, Chief Executive Officer at World Vision India
  • Samuel Ikua, Mazingira Institute
David Everatt, School of Governance University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Co-Investigator of SHLC). Download his slides here.
Debolina Kundu, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), India (Co-Investigator of SHLC). Download this presentation here.