Online, September 2020. During the corona crisis many municipalities are finding inequality within the population a major challenge. Vulnerable groups such as those living below the poverty line, women, children, the displaced and the elderly are particularly hard hit by the pandemic, which is primarily an urban phenomenon. This was noted by Dr. Leo Horn-Phathanothai of the World Resources Institute in London. In his keynote speech, he reminded participants that cities therefore need to become more resilient.
Via the monitors, the experts and delegates from the German and partner municipalities shared lessons they had learned when planning and implementing specific projects, and during expert assignments. This was not just about success stories. They also shared experiences of failure – because, as participants pointed out, there are many lessons to be learned from this for the future. They reported amongst other things on measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in Tepebaşı in Turkey, on the ups and downs of the municipal partnership between Kiel in Germany and Moshi District in Tanzania, and on the challenges arising in an interdisciplinary project for participatory urban planning in Durban, South Africa.