Websites & blog posts


Many of the sites mentioned here have been adapted from a table that is available from the Open Government Partnership site listing in a table many of these initiatives mentioned here. Note some of the links were broken. The ones below were included as examples of how (local) government and civil society are trying to address the Covid-19 epidemic. Other sites included represent key Inter(national) organizations providing information on Covid-19. Inclusion in this list does not mean endorsement of any particular initiative but is rather intended to demonstrate the range of the responses and resources available. Suggestions for further additions to this list are more than welcome and can be sent to


ACAPS COVID-19: Government Measures Dataset (This dataset puts together all the measures implemented by governments worldwide in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Data collection includes secondary data review. The researched information available falls into five categories: Social distancing; Movement restrictions; Public health measures; Social and economic measures; and Lockdowns. Each category is broken down into several types of measures. ACAPS consulted government, media, United Nations, and other organisations sources).

Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) - COVID-19 Resources

Africa UN Knowledge Hub for COVID-19

African Arguments Coronavirus in Africa Tracker: How many covid-19 cases & where? [Latest]

AKDN COVID-19 Resources Library

Argentina Nationwide WhatsApp and Facebook Chatbot (Automated helpline and free information on WhatsApp & Facebook Messenger. The service aims to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions, avoid misinformation, and provide tips that will keep people safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, notifications with relevant information about coronavirus are found in the Facebook News section and in the Instagram Feed).

Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School : COVID-19 Public Sector Resources (A resource center, for public sector practitioners to highlight cases, teaching, policy solutions, and other examples of how governments are responding to the outbreak).


Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC) (In the context of Covid-19 BNNRC is been working on the following issues: 1. Animate CSOs, Government, health service providers and communities for reinforcing collective action; 2. Keeping community people’s daily life normal and livelihood function and 3. Mobilize further cooperation among government, CSOs, local market and communities’ response).

Brazil Federal Government “Todos por Todos” (Encourages business, entities and associations, in addition to public agencies, to contribute products and services free of charge to the emergency effort).

Brazil Ministry of Health

Brazil – Observatório Imobiliáro Covid-19 (Internacional)

Brazil Painel de Leitos e Insumos (A data website from the Ministry of Health to provide information in regards to hospital capabilities and equipment in the Country. In order to promote transparency to actions and efforts taken to fight Covid-19, the website allows the population to monitor the number of hospital beds and supplies, as well as tests, masks, gloves, among others, available in each state).

Brazil The National School of Public Administration (Enap) has developed the “Challenges Platform” (Presents a platform society to participate in the construction of ground-breaking solutions to help the country face COVID-19 pandemic).

Brazil The University Extension Project RECânone and the NESC (Center for Collective Health Research) –Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (They have been working together since March 2020: students, teachers and specialists all translating texts that are strategic to face the COVID-19 Crisis in North-eastern Brazil. The translated texts coming from scientific world centres as the Imperial College and Johns Hopkins University but also – and much more specifically– from community initiatives activated in other places, which were linked to CODIV-19 or other prior epidemic outbreaks, such as Ebola in Western Africa. The project is also translating Latin-American materials. There is a strong belief that cultural diversity as well as class, race and gender differences have to be considered when defining policies towards local communities. In this sense, empowerment and participation of common citizens is considered fundamental. The texts resulting from this experience of translation are being shared between local government leaders, health workers, social movements and the local and regional media).

Brazil Covid-19 Transparency Index : Brazilian states and federal government

Brookings Coronavirus {COVID-19]

Bulgaria Sofia Volunteer Platform (Recruits and organises volunteers to serve the elderly and other people at risk by daily door-to-door visits, bringing food, doing shopping, providing medication, making a friendly social phone call. Over 3,000 citizens receive support at present, served by over 100 volunteers and the municipal enterprise “Social Patronage”).


C40 Cities and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (The corona virus webpage centralizes information on COVID-19, such as outbreak updates, symptoms and treatments, prevention and risks and public health guidance on travels).

Canada COVID-19 (This application for Canadians to stay informed about COVID-19 and determine what actions and next steps they should take. It provides personalized recommendations based on personal risk factors and sends timely updates with important news and alerts from Canada’s Ministry of Health).

Capital Cities' Alliance Against Covid-19

Cities for Global Health [Collective responses to global health emergencies] (Seeks to foster collective responses and facilitate the access of decision-makers to first-hand experiences about how urban areas across the globe can deal with situations alike, local and regional governments of all sizes from across the globe are invited to share: Initiatives (e.g. plans, strategies, policies) designed specifically as a reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak; Initiatives designed to face other health emergencies such as sanitary crisis or epidemics and Collective responses to global health emergencies)

Coronavirus Resource Center – John Hopkins University and Medicine (This website includes accurate medical and scientific information, practical advice and latest developments).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA) (Includes: What You Need to Know, Resources for the Community, Information for Healthcare Professionals).

Chile FrenaLaCurva (FrenaLaCurva es una iniciativa generada desde Aragón, que ha permitido comunitariamente, mediante un sistema de georeferenciación, permitir construir un mapa de ayuda comunitaria en tiempos de crisis).

China DXY (Open data and news platform gathering cases (from central and local government), dispelling misinformation, live updating news, and providing scientific information regarding COVID-19 and SARS-COV-2 virus).

China DXY English version (Only country level data available).

City of Amsterdam (2020) International Urban Monitor on Corona Crisis and Recovery (A monthly publication on urban measures to deal with COVID-19. Different issues are discussed, depending on the questions arising within the municipal organization. It aims to give a general overview of urban measures worldwide. It also has an overview of EU measures and of different relevant sources).

Colombia Hackaton para buscar soluciones al reto del Covid-19 en transporte público en Bogotá

Coronavirus / Covid-19 . How is the region dealing with the threat of the pandemic? (Directorio Legislativo (CSO) presents and updated mapping of the regulations issued by 19 countries in Latin America and the Carribbean in the face of the crisis. Monitoring includes regulations covering health, labour, education, economics and movement across tsand within countries).

Côte d’Ivoire Dashboard (Utilizes government data to track COVID-19 cases in Côte d’Ivoire: location, total number, and recoveries).


COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END)

COVID-19 Global Research Registry for Public Health and Social Sciences

COVID-19 Narratives by Dr David Nabarro (On 21 February 2020, Dr David Nabarro, Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and Strategic Director of 4SD, was appointed as one of six Special Envoys to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Special Envoy on COVID-19. In this role, David provides strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement in different parts of the world to help WHO coordinate the global response to the pandemic. The Narratives are being written by David and peers to share with those who want more information about the situation and to help raise the awareness and readiness of all actors).

COVID-19 Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean : Economic and social impact

COVID-19 : Reports From the Congressional Research Service and Legislative Research Organizations in Australia, Canada, EU, and UK

COVID-19 Resources for Public Servants

Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) This is a three-year, CA$25-million rapid research initiative that brings together 21 new research projects to understand the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, improve existing responses, and generate better policy options for recovery. The research portfolio is funded and overseen by IDRC.

COVID-19 United Relief Effort (This website aims to highlight key initiatives and solutions in the worldwide efforts to defeat COVID-19 and minimize its impact).



#DATA4COVID19 : Data Collectives Response to COVID-19 : Living Repository (New York University research centre The GovLab has compiled a comprehensive global library of apps and initiatives used by city and national governments in fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic).


Ecuador - Casos de Coronavirus en Ecuador Como aporte al estado de excepción ecuatoriano debido a los casos de Covid-19 confirmados, así como su declaratoria como pandemia, la sociedad civil desarrolla plataformas de monitoreo a los casos presentes en el país. Permiten visualizar datos sobre el número de pruebas, la evolución de la curva de aprendizaje del contagio, el estado y la localización de los casos, entre otros).

Ecuador FrenaLaCurva (En Ecuador, la plataforma registra iniciativas ciudadanas frente al Covid-19, formando un repositorio de acceso libre para que la ciudadanía conozca y colabore con los esfuerzos de la sociedad civil ecuatoriana ante la emergencia sanitaria).

Elsevier COVID-19 Healthcare Hub (Spanish)

ESCAP Coronavirus updates and resources

Estonia Järva Vald (A community engagement App to info citizens regarding nation and local level actions, guidelines and order to prevent and stop spreading of the coronavirus in Estonia).

Eurocities : Live updates COVID-19

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC is monitoring the outbreak, providing risk assessments, public health guidance, and advice on response activities to EU Member States and the EU Commission).


France - COVID-19 en France (Open data platform gathering cases (from official data) but not – yet – run by the government, available in French and English).


Georgia – Government of Georgia (Government led Platform coordinating the prevention activities, and further spread, of Covid-19).

Germany - The #WirVsVirus hackathon Launched on 18 March 2020, the virtual hackathon against COVID19 has the official support of the Federal Government and is carried and executed by a broad range of civic tech and civil society actors).

Ghana Covid 19 Monitoring Dashboard - Ghana Statistical Service

Global Network Resiliency Platform (#REG4COVID (This is a place to share and pool experiences, ongoing initiatives, and innovative policy and regulatory measures designed to help ensure communities remain connected, to support one another, and that to harness the full power and potential of ICTs to save lives).

Global Parliament of Mayors : Corona crisis : MayorsActNow

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data - COVID-19 Resources (Site includes the following: data, regional and country-level dashboards, visualizations and maps, response and calls to action, research and analysis, and tools).

Global Resilient Cities Network

Government of Bangladesh (An official coronavirus information portal in Bangla, with video resources, hotlines, other information).

Greece - Γίνε εθελοντής για την αντιμετώπιση της νόσου Covid-19 (Citizens can sign up as volunteers to help the government).


Haiti - Le Portail Coronavirus (OpenGouv Haiti has launched a national information portal on COVID-19 which offers a space for collaboration and helps to rally the various actors of civil society around a shared strategy to carry the appropriate awareness messages to their target audiences, while being a resource platform for monitoring all the statistics of evolution of the disease).

How to Properly Wash Your Hands

Humanitarian Data Exchange - COVID-19 Pandemic


ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability Covid-19 Resources

ILFA COVID-19 and the Global Library Field

Indonesia - Dashboard Kasus COVID-19 di Indonesia : 2020-03-02 s/d sekarang

Information is Beautiful Visualizations Covid-19 Infographic Datapack

InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) : IAP academies responses to COVID-19 (Site collates (and will continue to update) information being provided by more than 140 national, regional and global academies and academy networks).

International Growth Centre (IGC) Covid-19 in developing countries

International Internet Preservation Consortium : Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (A collection created by the Content Development Group of the International Internet Preservation Consortium in collaboration with Archive-It to preserve web content related to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Identification of seed websites and initial web crawling began in February 2020, and the collection will continue to add new content as needed during the course of the outbreak and its containment. High priority subtopics cover: coronavirus origins; information about the spread of infection; regional or local containment efforts; medical and scientific aspects; social aspects; economic aspects; and political aspects. Websites from anywhere in the world and in any language are in scope).

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Policy Responses to COVID-19 (Has a Policy Tracker allowing browsing by country)

International Rescue Committee (IRC) COVID-19 emergency : Coronavirus response


Italy Anpas - Coronavirus activities for citizens (Anpas are using to disseminate information about the services their associations and volunteer networks are providing for people stuck in their homes due to health problems/quarantine. The goal is to contribute to flattening the curve and limit spread of the virus by helping people stay in their homes, avoiding hazardous actions and promoting recommended behaviour).

Italy - Dashboard on COVID-19 in Italy (Maintained by the Department of Civil Protection).

Italy #I stay at home : new coronavirus (Web app to follow cases and find digital solutions).

Italy - LAZIODRCOVID (Lazio Doctor Covid) (Through this mobile Android application downloaded on the phone and a self-assessment questionnaire, some information will be processed by the system and will be made available to healthcare professionals. In the case of answers indicative of risk of contact or infection, the patient will be contacted for further information and tele-visited; in this way it will be possible to contact a general practitioner in virtual mode, anywhere. The application provides secure bidirectional text-audio communications via smartphone between the citizen and their doctor. The video call is activated, if necessary, by the doctor to investigate the patient’s clinical picture).

Italy – Ministry of Health : New coronavirus The Ministry of Health for the Covid emergency management has created, on its institutional website, a specific HUB named NEW CORONAVIRUS, dedicated to communication to citizens and healthcare professionals with continuous updates on the situation in Italy and in the world, in relation to the spread of the pandemic and its management. There is an English language area, developed by the National Service, that reports all the updates concerning of Covid emergency).


Jordan – Government of Jordan (Website in Arabic giving information on Jordan’s situation with regard to Coronavirus. It includes the updated numbers of coronavirus cases, recoveries, their conditions, and how to take preventive measures to avoid getting infected).

Jordan - Naua Platform (An initiative to support one of the most vulnerable sectors, the daily wage labourers who wouldn’t be able to fulfil their own basic needs and that of their families due to the government shutdown and indoor quarantine. The campaign, supported by the Crown Prince foundation, will use the donations to distribute food kits that contain essentials for the survival of these families).


Latvia – Government site on Covid-19 (Provides information on Latvia’s situation with regard to Coronavirus).

Latvia - Reģistrēto saslimšanas gadījumu skaits novados ar COVID-19 (The Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC) of Latvia has developed the map, which is updated daily with the latest statistical data on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Latvia).

Lithuania – Official Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) site (Information portal with all the latest statistics, answers to frequently asked questions, information about quarantine, and important announcements).

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Covid-19 tracker (Currently with the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following resources offer the latest numbers of known cases: WHO COVID-19 dashboard or Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard
The aim of this site is to complement the above resources by providing several interactive features not currently available elsewhere, including the timeline function, the ability to overlay past outbreaks, and an emphasis on normalised counts (per 100,000 individuals).


MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis (Since the emergence of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in December 2019, the centre adopted a policy of immediately sharing research findings on the developing pandemic. These pages provide all output from the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team, including publicly published online reports, planning tools, scientific resources, publications and video updates).


Nepal-Coronavirus-Civacts-Campaign (The Coronavirus CivActs Campaign (CCC) gathers rumours, concerns and questions from communities across Nepal to eliminate information gaps between the government, media, NGOs and citizens. By providing the public with facts, the CCC ensures a better understanding of needs regarding the coronavirus and debunks rumours before they can do more harm).

Nepal - COVID-19 Transparency Portal (Aims to support local governments ensure transparency and citizen engagement during the pandemic. The portal ensures publication of real time data on aid pledged and received. The portal is updated with data of hotspots like status of the infected in local level, isolation & quarantine centers, health facilities, ambulances, government committees and other relevant materials).

Netherlands – RIVM COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) Live map of COVID-19 evidence (A growing number of studies and reports are being published on COVID-19 and the pandemic. This project will help decision makers and researchers navigate the research).


Open Government Partnership (table) (The Open Government Partnership’s table lists citizen-led community responses, participatory disaster response strategies, digital platforms, and other responses to Covid-19 from over 40 countries)

Our World in Data - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research (Only based on clearly presented and well-documented data can governments, organizations and individuals hope to respond appropriately to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this site is to present the best available data and clarify what can – and cannot be said – based on this data).

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Coronavirus

Oxford University coronavirus research hub


Paraguay- Government Covid-19 site

Peru – Government - Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Peru (Includes information about the COVID19 crisis in Peru in English and Spanish).

Peru - Perú en tus manos (Mobile application "Peru in your hands" provides updated information on the areas most affected by the coronavirus COVID-19, allows for a self-assessment of symptoms and provides assistance, if necessary).

Penn Institute for Urban Research (PennIUR) Cities and COVID-19 Resource Library

Philippines – Department of Health COVID-19 tracker (Site contains information about confirmed cases, including trends and categorized by age groups, as well as geo-location of hospitals that admits patients. In addition, it provides guidelines, answers to frequently asked questions, contact details, public advisories and press briefings, and situational reports).

PPIAF COVID-19 PPP Rapid Response Umbrella Program

Practical Action Publishing Coronavirus Resources


ReliefWeb – COVID-19 (Focus is on the countries with humanitarian situations, with information from the United Nations, INGOs, NGOs, aid organizations and the donor community).

Romania – National Emergency Preparedness Platform : Covid-19 guides (Provides the official guidelines on the  COVID19 response).


Sanitation and Water for All : COVID-19 and WASH (Site includes different resources and tools around COVID-19 and WASH, which include documents, videos, social media materials with message on public health, webinar recordings, etc.)

Singapore Covid19 SG (Open data platform on cases using government data but run by civil society).

Singapore - TraceTogether (A mobile application developed to support current nationwide efforts to combat COVID-19, by enabling community-driven contact tracing).

Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform COVID-19

South Africa - COVID-19 Corona Virus : South African Resource Portal (Resource portal on the Covid-19 Corona Virus).

South Africa - WhatsApp channel to share official information on Covid-19 (An automated WhatsApp group to provide credible and factual details around COVID-19 in South Africa).

South Korea - Corona 100 Plus (Application that alerts when in proximity to places where those diagnosed with coronavirus have been).

South Korea - Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (Providing information on face masks and sanitizer in responses to a new measure being implemented for citizens to purchase masks).

South Korea - Coronavirus Infection-19 (COVID-19) (Provides stats related to coronavirus showing the numbers, geographical tracking, etc.).

South Korea Open Data Platform (Data on COVID including the list of hospitals, drive-through testing places).

Spain - The Coronavirus COVID-19 Monitoring Project (Makes data, automatic narratives and graphics of the evolution of the Coronavirus COVID-19 available to the media and other institutions in Spain and the World).

Spain - Evolution of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Basque Country

Spain – Madrid Compartimos Barrio - Ecosistema de proximidad (This a is an initiative in Spanish and English to make trade and essential services visible during the COVID-19 operations in each district. It is also for the neighborhood associations that are lending their support and solidarity to many residents of Madrid. Its objective is to become a ‘proximity ecosystem’ that serves to bring associations and companies closer, and thus supply the population that cannot leave or cannot deal the situation of confinement on their own).

Spain – Madrid Conectados. Encuentros en directo con expertos (This is a digital meeting space in Spanish and English for citizens and technicians of the Madrid City Council to communicate during the confinement due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. It has a program of live sessions is offered with municipal experts, who will tell how they provide their services in this situation and answer directly questions from citizens).

Spain -Madrid sale al balcón (This is a space in Spanish and English for citizen initiatives to improve the quality of life of Madrid society in the state of alarm derived from the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Through this space, the Madrid City Council wants to promote the participation of Madrid citizens in the generation of novel and viable ideas and proposals. It also aims to encourage civic cooperation and collective intelligence).

Spanish Language Resources for COVID-19


Tunisia Ministry of Health

Turkey : ANKOS İmece Document Delivery System, ANKOS Cooperation Group (Initiative that requests libraries to voluntarily meet researchers’ requests to access to information sources during the COVID-19 epidemic – in Turkish).

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources


Ukraine – Coronavirus in Ukraine : Official Information Portal of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

United Kingdom - Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK (Community-led mutual aid groups across the country mobilizing and coordinating online, following up with neighbourhood support).

UK - Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK

UK Government site

UK – NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


UN-Habitat Covid-19

United Kingdom – NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) COVID-19 pandemic

Urban Resilience Hub

US National League of Cities (NLC) COVID-19 response resources for local leaders

US The COVID Tracking Project (The COVID Tracking Project obtains, organizes, and publishes high-quality data required to understand and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States).


WHO Africa Coronavirus (COVID-19)

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - advice for the public

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Daily dashboard

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) - situation reports

WHO Country & Technical Guidance - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

WHO COVID-19 Cities and Local Governments resource page

World Economic Forum (WEF) Developing Story Covid-19 (A visualization, tracking confirmed cases of Covid-19 as it spreads – updated daily).

World Pandemic Research Network (WPRN) Assessing Societal and Human Impact of Covid-19 (This site maintains a searchable global directory of the scientific resources available on the societal and human impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. It improves international awareness on ongoing and completed projects and initiatives, helps reference them and stimulates collaboration and follow-up. Registered resources get a timestamped WPRN-ID number and a WPRN webpage which presents the research project or the scientific initiative. It enables researchers and stakeholders worldwide to follow updates or pre-publications).

Blog posts

21 July 2021, by Ruby Papeleras and Migo, Gaddi, Community-led COVID-19 response : an update from the Philippines, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) guest blog The transition to a predominantly urban world

12 July 2021, by Aditya Bahadur, How India’s civil society rose up in the face of COVID-19, , International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) blog Urban matters

16 June 2021, by Michael Collyer, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), OPINION Covid-19 and community resilience in urban informal settlements

10 June 2021, by Timothy J. Dixon (University of Reading) and Mark Tewdwr-Jones (Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London), How can we plan for urban futures beyond COVID-19?

12 April 2021, by Fabio Teixeira, Brazil's favelas struggle to count their dead as coronavirus rages [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

07 April 2021, by Samuel Heroy, University College London (UCL), OPINION: What can cities learn from Colombia’s lockdown? [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

06 April 2021, by Sarah Nand udu, National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda, Mbarara, Uganda: An informal community uses collective savings to deal with Covid-19

02 March 2021, by Carey L. Biron, 'Turning point': Cities urged to act on lessons learned in pandemic [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

26 March 2021, by Zander Willoughby, Joan B Kroc, School of Peace Studies, Preventing violence in informal settlements during COVID-19

18 February 2021, by Michael Taylor, Air pollution kills thousands in megacities despite COVID lockdowns [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

12 January 2021, by Mercy Gitonga and Joost Fontein (University of Johannesburg) ‘Getting sick around here is a normal thing’ : Precarity, exceptionality and governance in Nairobi’s ‘slums’ in 2020

07 January 2021, by Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr | Mayor of Freetown, OPINION: Cities need inclusive COVID-19 responses to build back stronger. But we can't do it alone. [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

21 December 2020, by Molly Caldwell, Gaia Larsen and Carolina Cuentas, World Resources Institute (WRI), To Build Back from COVID-19, Don’t Overlook Informal Workers

14 December 2020, by Nikhil Deb, LSE, Slums provided ideal conditions for COVID-19 to spread

31 October 2020, by Umberto Bacchi, Use COVID-19 to build back better, cities told [Thomson Reuters Foundation]

30 October 2020, by ARISE, Secondary impacts of COVID-19 on informal urban settlements

29 October 2020, by Anastasia Moloney, Pandemic exposes 'hidden poverty' in unequal cities [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

30 October 2020, by Rina Chandrann, Emptier cities, fewer babies? Coronavirus can have 'dramatic' impact [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

27 October 2020, by Zoe Tabary, Cities reboot : urban life in the age of COVID-19 [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

02 October 2020, by David Satterthwaite, IIED, Getting housing back onto the development agenda in the time of COVID-19

25 September 2020, by Geoffrey Makhubo and Mark Watts| City of Johannesburg, Opinion : Can the COVID-19 crisis help reboot urban food in Africa? [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

23 October 2020, by Reuters, 'Eating rats': Myanmar's second lockdown drives hunger in city slums [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

17 September 2020, by Emma Bath Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich top index of world's smartest cities [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

14 September 2020, by Umberto Bacchi Governments urged to invest more in green cities to beat coronavirus slump [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

7 September 2020 by Giuseppe Sala | Opinion: Blue-sky thinking needed for a green and just recovery in cities [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

27 August 2020, by Isabelle Anguelovski, COVID-19 highlights three pathways to achieve urban health and environmental justice [International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) guest blog]

20 August 2020, by Rina Chandran, Coronavirus forces tourism rethink in world's most visited city [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

14 August 2020, by Rina Chandran, Asian cities virus-proof public transit with smart shelters, thermal scanners [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

07 August 2020, by Pamela Hartley Pinto, Lima's community-organised soup kitchens are a lifeline during COVID-19 [International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) guest blog]

31 July 2020, by Karen Wong and Shahrin Mannan, ‘Building back better’ means ‘building back fairer’ after COVID-19 [International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)]

30 July 2020, by Astrid Haas and Victoria Delbridge, International Growth Centre (IGC) Rethinking regulations: Informal settlements in the time of COVID-19

30 July 2020, by Emerald Upoma Baidya and Nazia Roushan, Alada Ghor: working with low-income communities to design a rapid response to COVID-19 [International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) guest blog]

27 July 2020, by Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Judy Baker and Dean Cira, World Bank, Innovations in the time of COVID-19: Rising to the pandemic’s challenges in Africa’s informal settlements

16 July 2020, by Anastasia Moloney, 10 global cities charting a green recovery from coronavirus [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

16 July 2020, by Mbaye Mbéguéré and Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid, Creative responses to COVID-19 in informal settlements

15 July 2020, Elena Garcia, World Habitat, COVID-19: community responses in informal settlements

15 July 2020, by Liana Acuzar and Rojessa Saceda, Finding Solutions to Challenges of COVID-19 in the Philippines (Participants in the USAID SURGE Project, implemented by ICMA, focus on bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic)

14 July 2020, by Amrita Saha and Opeyemi Abebe, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Opinion : Five ways governments can help small businesses in the informal sector survive Covid-19

10 July 2020, by Giuliano Russo and Kevin Deane, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Opinion : Preparing for the Covid-19 recession in sub-Saharan Africa

09 July 2020, by Shalini Sinha, Hungary Cities Partnership, Covid-19 and protection for women in the Indian informal sector

09 July 2020, by Njeri Kinyanju, Hungary Cities Partnership, How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect informal workers in Kenya

08 July 2020, by Warren Smit | African Centre on Cities | OPINION: Tackling COVID-19 in informal settlements in Cape Town [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

06 July 2020, by Luis Triveno and Olivia Nielsen | World Bank |OPINION: Rethinking housing policies for the post COVID-19 world [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

01 July 2020, by John Taylor, (guest blogger IIED), How Dhaka's urban poor are dealing with COVID-19

26 June 2020, by Paul Jones, Hungary Cities Partnership, The failing of COVID-19 prevention measures in informal settlements

26 June 2020, by Pilar Balbuena and Caroline Skinner, Hungary Cities Partnership, For world’s street vendors, life may never be the same after COVID-19

19 June 2020, by Raquel Nogueira Avelar e Silva, Giuliano Russo, Alicia Matijasevich, and Mário Scheffer, thebmjopinion Covid-19 in Brazil has exposed socio-economic inequalities and underfunding of its public health system

16 June 2020, by Ani Dasgupta and Mark Watts, OPINION: We must invest in cities for a stronger global economy [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

15 June 2020, by Irene Kinoti and Diana Wachira, Pamoja Trust/Cities Alliance, Flattening the Curve: Women’s Groups Lead Covid Response in Informal Settlements

15 June 2020, by Mami Mizutori and Maimunah Mohd Sharif, OPINION: COVID-19 demonstrates urgent need for cities to prepare for pandemics [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

09 June 2020, by Marco Kamiya and Mihir Prakash, | UN-Habitat [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: Achieving urban sustainable development in the face of COVID-19

09 June 2020,  by Esther Ngumbi | University of Illinois [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: Scaling up urban farming beyond COVID-19

05 June 2020, By Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN‐Habitat), Fighting COVID-19 in Africa’s informal settlements

03 June 2020, by Rina Chandran. City centres to see 'radical' redesign amid coronavirus [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

02 June 2020, by Andrew Mold, [OECD Development Matters] Risk and Resilience: How East Africa could bounce back from the COVID-19 Pandemic

01 June 2020, by Anurag Acharya, SaferWorld, Nepal’s governance in the time of crisis

29 May 2020 by Kudakwashe Dubechristine and Namirembe Katende, World Bank, An inclusive response to COVID-19 for Africa’s informal workers

25 May 2020, by Jessan Catre | Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter | [Thomas Reuters Foundation News] In the face of COVID-19, informal housing markets can make or break a recovery

22 May 2020, by Rinju and Udaya Shankar Mishra, COVID-19 : How do India’s urban informal settlements fight the pandemic [Downtoearth]

20 May 2020, by Rina Chandran [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] 'Digital twins' can help create healthier cities after coronavirus

15 May 2020, by Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, OPINION: | United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security [Thomas Reuters Foundation News] How can we protect refugees during the COVID-19 crisis?

12 May 2020, by Sameh Wahba; Maimunah Mohd Sharif; Mami Mizutori and Lauren Sorkin, Sustainable Cities, World Bank, Cities are on the front lines of COVID-19

12 May 2020, by Jan Egeland | Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) [Thomas Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: The crippling cost of COVID-19 on refugees

12 May 2020, by Jackline Nyerere, Social Science Space, Moving online huge challenge for Kenya’s Higher Education

11 May 2020, by Christine Murray [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Mexico fears pandemic pushing millions into poverty

08 May 2020, by Sreerekha Sathi,blISS, COVID-19 | How Kerala’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting inadequate responses elsewhere in India

07 May 2020 by Max Baum and Luz Amparo Sánchez Medina, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, It is About Structures, Not Aid – Informal Settlements and the Inequality of the Pandemic in Medellín, Colombia

07 May 2020, by caitlinalder, Postgraduate Medical Journal, Stopping the tide of Covid 19 by lockdown : India

06 May 2020, by Homi Kharas and Kristofer Hamel, Brookings Institution, Turning back the Poverty Clock : How will COVID-19 impact the world’s poorest people?

06 May 2020, by Arif Hasan (IIED guest blogger) Karachi, informal settlements and COVID-19

06 May 2020, by caitlinalder, BMJ Global Health, Decentralized response to COVID-19 in Nepal

06 May 2020, by caitlinalder, BMJ Global Health, COVID-19 in Kurdistan : Health system vulnerabilities in a fragile setting

05 May 2020, by Linda Wang, Director ICMA China Center, Cities in China Using Health QR Codes to Speed Reopening

05 May 2020,  by Navaraj Bhattarai; Rajshree Thapa; Kiran Acharya; Kiran Bam and Bhagawan Shrestha, BMJ Global Health, Decentralized response to COVID-19 in Nepal

05 May 2020, by Joseph Losavio and Alice Charles | World Economic Forum, Cities are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. These organizations are leading the urban response

04 May 2020, by Kailash Satyarthi | Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation, [Thomas Reuters Foundation News] OPINION - The need for a compassionate economy to protect vulnerable communities

04 May 2020, by Victoria Stanley and Paul Prettitore | World Bank [[Thomas Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: How COVID-19 puts women’s housing, land, and property rights at risk

02 May 2020, by Goran Abdulla Sabir Zangana, BMJ Global Health, COVID-19 in Kurdistan : Health system vulnerabilities in a fragile setting

02 May 2020, by Phillip Wanduru; Moses Tetui and Peter Waiswa, BMJ Global Health, COVID-19 response in Uganda: notes and reflections

02 May 2020, by Adie Vanessa Offiong, BMJ Global Health, Ready or not? COVID-19 and epidemic preparedness in Nigeria

30 April 2020 by Lawrence O. Gostin, JAMA Forum | COVID-19, COVID-19 Reveals Urgent Need to Strengthen the World Health Organization

28 April 2020, Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank, Governments facing tough choices in COVID-19 crisis

28 April 2020, by X.N. Iraki [Thomas Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: How will the coronavirus pandemic play out in Africa?

28 April 2020, by caitlinalder This blog is a part of #COVID19Africa Series [BMJ Journals] Domestic health financing for Covid-19 response in Africa

27 April 2020, by Sandip Chakrabarti & Andy Hong [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: Keep cities moving during the global COVID-19 pandemic

24 April 2020, by Meg Lewis | Labour Behind The Label | [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: The fashion industry must learn from coronavirus

22 April 2020, EcoMENA, by Claire Cosgrove, Impact of COVID-19 on Slums and Informal Settlements

22 April 2020, by Oemar van der Woerd and Vikas Soekhai, Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management, Surinam’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

22 April 2020, by Kecia Rust, CAHF, State of disaster : what is Covid-19 teaching us about housing in Africa?

21 April 2020, by Isabelle Tickel, Madhurima Sanyal and Rebeca Moreno Sandoval, IDS Alumni network, Gendering pandemics: identifying the unequal impacts of COVID-19

20 April 2020, by Keetie Roelen, IDS, People in poverty bear the brunt of Covid-19, and the worst is yet to come

17 April 2020, by Suvojit Chattopadhyay (MAGov09) IDS Alumni network, Four key policy imperatives in Kenya's fight against COVID-19

16 April 2020, by Shaonlee Patranabis, Sahil Gandhi, and Vaidehi Tandel, Brookings Institution India Center, Are slums more vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic : evidence from Mumbai

16 April 2020, by Liz Carlile, IIED, COVID-19: on the front line where crisis meets normal

16 April 2020, by Thin Lei Win | [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Virus-hit Asian nations brace for double disasters as extreme weather looms

16 April 2020, by Emeline Wuilbercq and Ban Barkawi | [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Lebanon's coronavirus lockdown leaves migrant women penniless and stranded

16 April 2020, Ethiopian Government on the Forefront of COVID-19 [UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)]

15 April 2020, By Roxana Elliott, Report : The Impact of COVID-19 Across Africa [In Crisis Response, GeoPoll Survey Reports]

15 April 2020, by Stephen Devereux {Daily Maverick] Lockdown 2020 : A humanitarian crisis is looming — where is the safety net?

15 April 2020, Abdirahman Edle Ali; Abdirahman Mustaf Mohamed; Jethro Norman; Karuti Kanyinga and Peter Albrecht, Mogadishu in the time of COVID-19 [DIID Comment]

14 April 2020, by Arachu Castro, UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean, Response to the COVID-19 pandemic in urban slums and rural populations in Latin America

14 April 2020, Swedish Local Government on the Forefront of COVID-19 Emergency. Lessons to be Learnt? [UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)]

14 April 2020, by Stephen Hammer and Stéphane Hallegatte, World Bank, Planning for the economic recovery from COVID-19 : A sustainability checklist for policymakers

13 April 2020, Local Government Empowerment is the Key to Containing Coronavirus in Somalia [UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)]

10 April 2020 by Rogier van den Berg, How will Covid-19 affect urban planning?

09 April 2020 by Eva Dick, Urbanisation in the global South : How the Corona Crisis is calling Into question the “Right To The City” [The Current Column]

09 April 2020, Ugandan Local Governments, The Driving Force Behind The COVID-19 Response [UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)]

08 April 2020, by Max Gallien and Vanessa van den Boogaard, To fight Covid-19, only the formal economy is getting tax breaks. The informal economy may be asked to foot the bill [International Centre for Tax and Development]

08 April 2020, by Sigrid Wertheim-Heck, The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the diets of Hanoi’s urban poor [IIED guest blog]

07 April 2020, by Marleen Vellekoop, Five key steps for a health systems response to COVID-19 in Africa

07 April 2020 , by Riku Elovainio and Alexander Pick, COVID-19 and beyond : How can Africa’s health systems cope? [OECD Development Matters]

06 April 2020, by Thomas J. Campanella and Lawrence J. Vale, The city will survive coronavirus

03 April 2020 ,by Felipe Vera; Martín Soulier Faure; Veronica Adler; Francisca Rojas and Paloma Acevedo, IADB, 10 lines of action and 20 measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in informal settlements

03 April 2020, by Marty Chen, To die from hunger or the virus : An all too real dilemma for the poor in India (and elsewhere) [Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)]

02 April 2020 by Philip Amis, Increasing Segregation? Impact of Covid19 in the Cities of Africa and South Asia [International Development Department, University of Birmingham]

31 March 2020, by Federico Bonaglia and Sebastian Nieto, Latin America and the Caribbean in the time of COVID-19: Preventing the vulnerable from falling behind [OECD Development Matters]

30 March 2020, by Stéphane Hallegatte and Stephen Hammer, World Bank, Thinking ahead: For a sustainable recovery from COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

27 March 2020, by Mark Weston, Global Dashboard, How to Tackle Coronavirus in Slums

27 March 2020, by Richard Florida, CityLab, We'll need to reopen our cities. But not without making changes first

25 March 2020, Diana Mitlin, Global Development Institute, Dealing with Covid-19 in the towns and cities of the global South

25 March 2020, by Neil Webster, Africa and the Third Wave of Covid-19

24 March 2020, by Richard Florida and Steven Pedigo, Brookings Institution, How our cities can reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic : A ten-point preparedness plan for our communities

23 March 2020, by Jo Elms, Options' response to Covid-19

20 March 2020, by Schuyler Null and Hillary Smith, COVID-19 Could Affect Cities for Years. Here Are 4 Ways They’re Coping Now

17 March 2020, by Arkebe Oqubay, When COVID-19 Comes to Africa [OECD Development Matters]

13 March 2020, by Annie Wilkinson, LSE, What is the impact of COVID-19 in informal settlements?

10 March 2020, by Annie Wilkinson, IDS, The impact of COVID-19 in informal settlements – are we paying enough attention?

News & Newsletters


05 January 2022, by Shepherd, Alison (2022) Vaccines wasted as Africa waits, BMJ; 376:n3163,

21 October 2021, by Owen Dyer, Covid-19: Bolsonaro should face criminal charges over Brazil’s failed response, recommends inquiry, BMJ; 375:n2581,

18 October 2021, by Elizabeth Mahase, Covid-19: Northern Syria faces severe wave of infections, MSF warns, BMJ; 375:n2543,

27 July 2021 by Elisabeth Mahase, Covid-19 : Countries dump vaccines as demand slumps and sharing proves difficult, BMJ 2021; 374:n1893,

21 July 2021, by Owen Dyer, Covid-19 : Two thirds in India carry antibodies, while research suggests country’s death toll is 10 times official figure, BMJ 2021; 374:n1856.

16 July 2021, by Owen Dyer, Covid-19 : Indonesia becomes Asia’s new pandemic epicentre as delta variant spreads, BMJ 2021; 374:n1815,

18 June 2021, by Luke Taylor, Covid-19: WHO pleads for vaccines as South American countries register record deaths, BMJ 2021; 373:n1587,

04 June 2021, by Owen Dyer, Covid-19: Peru’s official death toll triples to become world’s highest, BMJ 2021; 373,373:n1442,

13 May 2021, by Owen Dyer, Covid-19 : India sees record deaths as “black fungus” spreads fear, BMJ; 373:n1238,

10 May 2021, by Owen Dyer, Covid-19: Study claims real global deaths are twice official figures, BMJ;n1188 373,

02 March 2021, by Carey L. Biron, 'Turning point' : Cities urged to act on lessons learned in pandemic [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

23 February 2021, by Beh Lih Yi, Jakarta will fine people who refuse COVID vaccines. Will it work? [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

31 October 2020, by Umberto Bacchi, Use COVID-19 to build back better, cities told [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

29 October 2020, World Cities Day : value communities, today and for the future [UN News]

29 October 2020, by Owen Dyer, Covid-19 : Mexico acknowledges 50 000 more deaths than official figures show, BMJ 371:m4182,;

28 July 2020, UN, Coronavirus : Reshape the urban world to aid ‘ground zero’ pandemic cities, [UN-News]

27 July 2020, by Mun-Keat Looi, Covid-19: Deaths in Yemen are five times global average as healthcare collapses ,BMJ 2020; 370:m2997,

14 July 2020 by Anastasia Moloney, Bogota's second lockdown: normality for some; hunger for the rest [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

14 July 2020 by Alison Shepherd, Delhi prepares to hit 500 000 covid-19 cases, BMJ 2020;370:m2817,

13 July 2020, Cities and local government must focus on well-being of people in developing countries [UN News]

09 July 2020, by Rina Chandran, India plans rental homes to entice migrant workers back to cities [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

08 July 2020, by Jose Devasia, Indian city imposes 'triple lockdown' as coronavirus cases surge [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

08 July 2020, Reuters, Brazil's Bolsonaro vetoes plans to offer COVID-19 support to indigenous people [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

07 July 2020, by Roli Srivastava, Don't forget us in coronavirus battle, say businesses in India's Dharavi slum [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

03 July 2020, by Sonia Elks, Coronavirus spike : the cities facing a second lockdown {Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

03 July 2020, by Owen Dyer, Covid-19 : No large hidden outbreak in Africa but health worker shortage worsens, BMJ 2020;370:m2685,

01 July 2020, by Nita Bhalla [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] More than 40,000 people forcefully evicted in East Africa during coronavirus crisis

30 June 2020, by Mauricio Angelo [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] COVID-19 fears grow for isolated indigenous people in Brazil's Amazon

24 June 2020, by Rina Chandran [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Tencent's 'smart city' seen as model for post-coronavirus China

17 June 2020, by Rina Chandran [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] India to 'reimagine' streets for walkers, cyclists after coronavirus

16 June 2020, UN, COVID-19: UN agencies warn against rising hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean

16 June 2020, by Mun-Keat Looi, News : The Big Picture : World leaders in covid-19 control, BMJ 2020;369; m2411,

15 June 2020, by Carey L. Biron [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Public space a 'lifeline' for post-lockdown cities

15 June 2020, Jacqui Thornton, Covid-19: Africa’s case numbers are rising rapidly, WHO warns BMJ 2020; 369 : m2394doi:

12 June 2020, by Emeline Wuilbercq [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Ethiopia moves children from streets to shelters to slow coronavirus

11 June 2020, by Elena Berton and Sophie Davies [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Will coronavirus change tourism in Europe's hotspot cities?

11 June 2020, UN, COVID-19 in Africa: WHO urges constant vigilance as cases top 200,000

03 June 2020, by Felipe Araujo {The Spectator] Brazil’s Bolsonaro is struggling to tackle coronavirus

03 June 2020, by Rina Chandran [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] City centres to see 'radical' redesign amid coronavirus

03 June 2020, by Rina Chandran [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Health workers, slum dwellers face housing bias as lockdowns lift

01 June 2020, by Omar Hussein Amach, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific, Scaling up social protection can build resilience to COVID-19

01 June 2020, by Emma Batha [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Latest : How cities around the world are lifting coronavirus restrictions

01 June 2020, Owen Dyer, Covid-19 hot spots appear across Latin America, BMJ 2020; 369; m2182,

01 June 2020 Flavie Halais, WIRED, Cities in poorer countries are at risk as Covid-19 spreads

01 June 2020, UN, Central and South America now ‘intense zones’ for COVID-19 transmission

29 May 2020, by Dominic Kirui [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Fears for Kenya's urban food supply as floods drown rice

27 May 2020, by Reuters, Kenya rolls out testing in Nairobi slums, but some fear stigma

26 May 2020, by Anastasia Moloney, [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Colombia's Medellin pushes 'eco-city' aims in coronavirus recovery

25 May 2020, by Menna A. Farouk [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] As lockdown clears the air, Cairo looks to keep pollution low

25 May 2020 by Fabio Teixeira, Anastasia Moloney and Oscar Lopez [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] 'No time': Latin America's slum dwellers lead coronavirus battle

20 May 2020, by Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade, Covid-19: Brazil now has third highest number of cases behind US and Russia, BMJ 2020; 369, m2059,

20 May 2020, BBC News, Coronavirus : Hospitals in Brazil's São Paulo 'near collapse'

20 May 2020, BBC News, Coronavirus : South Africa Covid-19 deaths 'to soar' in coming months

20 May 2020, UN, Just hoping coronavirus will bypass Africa, would be a deadly mistake: Bachelet

20 May 2020, by Emma Batha [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Latest : How cities around the world are lifting coronavirus restrictions

18 May 2020, by Megan Rowling Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Cities hastily add pandemics to long list of 21st-century threats

18 May 2020, by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman and Marisa Denker [Meeting of the Minds] Reopening Our Cities in the Midst of COVID-19 Calls for Inclusive Community Engagement

15 May 2020, by Reuters [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Residents of Bogota slum facing eviction despite quarantine

15 May 2020, by Naimul Karim [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Aid workers race to stop coronavirus spreading in world's largest refugee camp

15 May 2020, UN, Support stepped up for Rohingya camps as first COVID-19 infections are confirmed

14 May 2020, by Owen Dyer, Covid-19: Cases rise in Russia as health workers pay the price for PPE shortage, BMJ 2020; 369,

14 May 2020, by Jacqui Thornton, Covid-19 pandemic has derailed progress on sustainable development goals, says WHO, BMJ 2020; 369,

13 May 2020, by Rina Chandran[Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Construction delays, dirty pavements as Asian cities struggle without migrant workers

13 May 2020, UN, Coronavirus ‘grim reality’: World economy to shrink by 3.2 per cent, new UN report projects

12 May 2020, by Jacqui Wise, Covid-19: Pandemic exposes inequalities in global food systems, BMJ 2020; 369,

12 May 2020, Edited by Rojessa Tiamson-Saceda, contributions by Lucilo Bayron, Mayor of Puerto Princesa City, Philippines and John Vincent Gastanes, founder of Project Zacchaeus, City and Business Leader Model Resilience in Philippines

11 May 2020, by Dr Sabine L. van Elsland and Stephen Johns, Imperial College London, Coronavirus ‘not yet under control’ in Brazil, scientists warn

08 May 2020, by Jamie McGeever and Stephen Eisenhammer, Reuters, Biggest threat to Brazil coronavirus response? President Bolsonaro, says The Lancet

06 May 2020, by Nita Bhalla [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Forced evictions leave 5,000 Kenyan slum dwellers at risk of coronavirus

07 May 2020, By Lindsay Jacques, senior research associate, ICMA, Update 5 : Around the World Cities Begin to Reopen

06 May 2020,  by Rina Chandran [Thomson Reuters Foundation news] Tackling coronavirus hotspots in city slums hindered by lack of data

05 May 2020, by Umberto Bacchi [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Digital handshake: Can contact tracing deliver on its promise in coronavirus battle?

05 May 2020, UN, Food insecurity in West Africa could leave 43 million at risk as coronavirus hits

04 May 2020. by Emeline Wuilbercq {Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Q&A: How Ethiopia's health minister is preparing for coronavirus

04 May 2020, by Emma Batha [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Latest: How cities around the world are lifting coronavirus restrictions

30 April 2020, by Samuel Akoehomen/IOM, Covid-19 sensitization with WaSH committee at Bama GSSSS camp, 27 March 2020, UN prepares for potentially devastating COVID-19 outbreak in conflict-ravaged northeast Nigeria

29 April 2020, by Anastasia Moloney, {Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Cities face 100 million 'new poor' in post-pandemic world - experts

29 April 2020, by Rina Chandran [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] 'We don't know what will happen tomorrow': Life under lockdown in a New Delhi homeless shelter

29 April 2020, by Nita Bhalla and Emeline Wuilbercq [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] City demolitions expose Ethiopian families to coronavirus

29 April 2020, by Nanchanok Wongsamuth [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Migrants jobless and trapped under Thai coronavirus lockdown

29 April 2020, by Roli Srivastava and Anuradha Nagaraj [Thomson Reuters Foundation Day] As migrant workers struggle for lockdown aid, India seeks to count them

28 April 2020, Jonathan Andrews [Cities Today] Buenos Aires uses WhatsApp to assist COVID-19 response

28 April 2020, International Rescue Committee (IRC) IRC:  World risks up to 1 billion cases and 3.2 million deaths from COVID-19 across fragile countries

28 April 2020, Reuters, [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Latin America to see sharp increase in hunger, poverty -FAO

28 April 2020, Shadi Khan Saif and Shihar Aneez [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] 'Should I buy a mask or food?' - South Asia's poor face stark choice

28 April 2020, UN, UN leads bid to help 135 countries get vital COVID-19 medical kit, amid severe global shortages

28 April 2020, by Emma Batha [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Life after lockdown : Cities around the world roll out their reopening plans

25 April 2020, Reuters, [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] In already poor Honduras, coronavirus pushes some into homelessness

24 April 2020, by Nita Bhalla [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Coronavirus will travel 'incredibly fast' in Africa's slums, U.N. cities chief warns

24 April 2020, by Kim Harrisberg| [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Evictions, power cuts heighten S. Africa housing crisis amid lockdown

24 April 2020, UN, Cash help crucial for informal workers, says UN labour chief, stressing primacy of multilateralism

24 April 2020, UN, ‘Landmark collaboration’ to make COVID-19 testing and treatment available to all

23 April 2020, UN-Habitat, UN-Habitat launches COVID-19 Response Plan and Campaign targeting the world’s most vulnerable communities

22 April 2020, by Emma Batha | Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Life after lockdown: Cities around the world roll out their reopening plans

21 April 2020, by Rina Chandran [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] ANALYSIS-Urban farms to traffic bans : Cities prep for post-coronavirus future

21 April 2020, by Laurie Goering | [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] World Health envoy warns of unrest in poor nations without action to combat virus

21 April 2020, UN, COVID-19 to cause biggest economic contraction ever in Latin America & Caribbean

20 April 2020, UN, UN issues appeal to bolster COVID-19 ‘logistics backbone’, warns global response could stutter to a halt

20 April 2020, by Rina Chandran and Kim Harrisberg | [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] A grave concern: Coronavirus highlights burial plot shortages in cities

20 April 2020, by Yamila Castro & Florence Lozet | Cities Alliance [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: Migration and COVID-19 in Uganda: The challenges of urban refugees

20 April 2020, Christopher Carey [Cities Today] Lisbon partners with Deloitte on COVID-19 response

19 April 2020, by Laurie Goering [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Q&A: How the mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, is preparing for COVID-19

19 April 2020, Reuters, [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] WIDER IMAGE-Life under lockdown in India's massive Dharavi slum

17 April 2020, Reuters [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] With drones and tests, India battles to keep virus out of Mumbai's slums

16 April 2020, Giuseppe Sala | Mayor of Milan [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: Post virus, let's rebuild climate-smart, healthier and equitably

16 April 2020, WHO, COVID-19 storm strengthens across Europe, controlling transmission everywhere, essential : Tedros

15 April 2020, Hajia Samira Bawumia & Dymphna van der Lans | Clean Cooking Alliance [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: COVID-19, air pollution and cooking: a deadly connection

14 April 2020, Annie Bannerji and Thin Lei Win, [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Has India's 'airpocalypse' put the poor more at risk from coronavirus?

14 April 2020, UN, COVID-19: Major relief airlift will reach ‘most vulnerable’ African nations

14 April 2020, UN, Syria coronavirus threat sparks broad UN containment effort

14 April 2020, Naimul Karim [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Bangladesh unions urge government to act as garment workers lose jobs

13 April 2020, UNESCO, During this coronavirus pandemic, ‘fake news’ is putting lives at risk: UNESCO

13 April 2020, WHO, Testing, tracing, and when to lift restrictions: WHO’s latest advice

11 April Nita Bhalla and Emeline Wuilbercq, [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] No bed of roses: East Africa's female flower workers lose jobs as coronavirus hits exports

10 April 2020 Jean-Nicolas Beuze, | UNHCR [Thomas Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: After five years of war, Yemen has little defence against coronavirus

10 April 2020, Reuters, War-ravaged Yemen confirms first coronavirus case, braces for more

10 April 2020, UN, COVID-19 threatening global peace and security, UN chief warns

10 April 2020, Alexandra Benjamin| Fern [Thomas Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: Liberia's Ebola lessons can help communities beat coronavirus

10 April 2020, Matt Blomberg, [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] 'Please, we are not animals': virus fears weigh on Cambodia's garment workers

10 April 2020, WHO, UN health agency working on strategies to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions

10 April 2020, Reuters, [Thomas Reuters Foundation News] Coronavirus curfew creates water shortage for Burkina Faso's poorest

09 April 2020, Ana Ionova, [Al Jazeera News] Brazil's overcrowded favelas ripe for spread of coronavirus

09 April 2020, Sophie Davies, [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Poor city dwellers run greatest coronavirus risk

09 April 2020, Jaideep Gupte & Kunal Kumar, | Institute of Development Studies (IDS) [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] OPINION: India’s response to Covid-19 spearheaded by its smart cities

09 April 2020, WHO, 100 days on from advent of COVID-19, more action is needed: Tedros

09 April 2020, WHO, 5 reasons the world needs WHO, to fight the COVID-19 pandemic

09 April 2020, Anastasia Moloney, Christine Murray and Oscar Lopez [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Latin America shelters struggle to help women in coronavirus lockdowns

09 April 2020 Christopher Carey, [Cities Today] The GovLab launches coronavirus resource database

09 April 2020, Mark Duerksen, Spotlight, [African Center for Strategic Studies] Innovations Needed to Prevent COVID-19 from Catching Fire in Africa’s Cities

09 April 2020, Christine Murray [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Mexican workers illegally fired in pandemic face long wait without help

08 April 2020, Jamie Myers, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Covid-19 in low-income countries – we need rapid learning about effective handwashing initiatives

08 April 2020, Reuters, [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Break for Asia's clogged capitals as coronavirus curbs traffic

08 April 2020, by Owen Dyer, Covid-19 : Africa records over 10 000 cases as lockdowns take hold, BMJ, 369:m1439,

06 April 2020, by Nita Bhalla | [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Coronavirus: Africa braces for impact 'like nothing we have seen'

05 April 2020, by Naimul Karim | [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers ordered home as factories stay closed

05 April 2020, by Laurie Goering [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] Coronavirus spotlights risks of swelling slums in Africa's cities

03 April 2020, Merike Blofield; Bert Hoffmann and Mariana Llanos (2020) [GIGA Focus Latin America] Assessing the Political and Social Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis in Latin America

03 April 2020, Lynda Iroulo and Oheneba Boateng (2020) [GIGA Focus Africa] African States Must Localise Coronavirus Response

03 April 2020, Nokuzola Mnika; Mthembi Chauque; Alice Ncube; Andries Jordaan; Kees Boersma and Joerg Szarzynsk, Unity is strength : Gaining local perspectives on emergency response and disaster management in South Africa [United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security]

02 April 2020, Amy Maxmen, [Nature] How poorer countries are scrambling to prevent a coronavirus disaster :  Snapshots from four nations struggling to limit deaths faster than the United States and other wealthy countries

01 April 2020, by Sonia Elks [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] From birdsong to cheers, sound map shows how coronavirus is changing cities

26 March 2020, The Guardian, [Jack Schenker] Cities after coronavirus: how Covid-19 could radically alter urban life

24 March 2020, KWR Water Research Institute | What we learn about the Corona virus through waste water research

23 March 2020, Robert Muggah and Rebecca Katz [World Economic Forum (WEF)] How cities around the world are handling COVID-19 - and why we need to measure their preparedness

17 February 2020, by Rina Chandran [Thomson Reuters Foundation News] ANALYSIS-Unequal cities bear the brunt of deadly disease outbreaks


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