Global response to COVID-19 in slums
Populations living in slums are particularly vulnerable to COVID and its economic and social impacts given their crowded living conditions, lack of access to basic sanitation and health services and inadequate waste management. They are also among the least resilient to the shocks as they are largely informal workers, with irregular incomes, higher poverty incidence and low savings. Their conditions call for an urgent and differentiated response. We have compiled below resources, relevant documents and research that look into how COVID is impacting the urban poor.
Circling the Globe
Urban Poverty and Slum Upgrading KSB and the GSG for Urban Poverty and Housing organized a Flagship series, ‘Circling the Globe: A Series of Experiences in Urban Upgrading from the Around the World’. The main objective of the series was to showcase operational experiences focusing on lessons learned related to inclusion and safety, highlighting the work of Country Office staff. The projects/cases showcased during this series have been converted into these 9 Case Notes. The Case Notes are intended to be used by team leaders and clients to demonstrate how urban upgrading tools can be used to achieve policy goals and address financing gaps that city and national governments experience. These case notes are intended to be instructive and practical to urban planning, social and strategy professionals. Click on the images to download the reports.
- From Waste Pickers to Street Vendors, How Can Cities Expand Opportunities for the Urban Poor? by Judy Baker
- Home Sane Home by Luis Triveño and Olivia Nielsen
- Resilient Housing Joins the Machine Learning Revolution by Sarah Elisabeth Antos and Luis Triveño
- #BuildBetterBefore to Save Lives and Strengthen Economies by Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez and Luis Triveño
- Building Better Before the Next Disaster: How Retrofitting Homes Can Save Lives and Strengthen Economies by Sameh Wahba, Luis Triveño, Horacio Terraza and Sarah Elizabeth
- Making Homes Safer to Build Resilient Cities by Kristina Wienhoefer and Luis Triveño
- To Build Resilient Cities, We Must Treat Substandard Housing as a Life-or-Death Emergency by Luis Triveño, Elizabeth Hausler, Niels Holm-En and Peter Yanev
- A Housing Policy that Could Almost Pay for Itself? Think Retrofitting by Luis Triveño
- Let’s Build the Infrastructure that no Hurricane Can Erase by Luis Triveño and Klaus Deininger
- Retrofitting: A Housing Policy that Saves Lives by Luis Triveño and Niels Holm-En
- Podcast: "There is no Place Like Home"
- Podcast: "Machine Learning Joins the Housing Revolution"
- Compendium: "COVID-19 Resources"
Urban Poverty and Housing Knowledge Resources