The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the persistent systemic flaws and drastic inequality in our urban systems. The most marginalised and poorest populations were hit hardest not only by the virus, but also by the associated global economic crisis. The pandemic has highlighted the challenges in our existing system rendering us vulnerable to future systemic challenges: economic crises, climate change and other future pandemics.
Various grassroots organisations across the globe have taken up a proactive role and adopted innovative ways to respond to Covid-19 and have developed their own localized coping mechanisms like sharing resources among communities lacking basic services, setting up hotlines for domestic abuse, diversifying livelihoods among others. Even with limitations in their mobility and activities, the civil society groups have extended themselves to meet the needs of local communities during the crisis using their critical networks, experience and knowledge in building resilience. As we begin to move towards post-Covid society, our focus should be to ‘build back better’ with collective efforts from all sectors of society including decision-makers, policy-makers, practitioners, community-based organization, grass-root organisations and citizens.
The session is organised by ICLEI South Asia and SouthSouthNorth under the Climate Development Knowledge Network-Knowledge Accelerator (CDKN- KA) project. The session aims to highlight the joint initiative of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) to highlight stories and voices from the frontline across the globe where grassroots groups have been proactive in innovative ways to respond to the pandemic. The event will disseminate some of the stories and an analysis of the good practices and solutions for future emergencies by experts.
The outcomes envisaged from the session include:
-Sharing good practices of local interventions from grassroots organisations to address the challenges of a global pandemic
-Promote multi-stakeholder collaboration in decision making by showcasing successful local interventions
-Explore the linkage of resilience building through local community empowerment