The FCDO commissioned a study on Pandemics and Urban Planning: Analysis of Evidence & Policy, which was undertaken by the SCI-FI initiative at CPR. The study explored the impact of COVID-19 on public spaces; housing and slums; water, sanitation and hygiene; public health, including clinical care and livelihood and social protection in urban areas of the country; to identify urban planning and governance reform actions emerging from the early experiences of responding to the pandemic. Based on the analysis of the evidence, the recommendations encapsulate how governments in India, across the tiers, can bolster preparedness strategies to build city resilience and be advised to reshape urban policies to respond to pandemics in an ethical, inclusive, equitable, and resilient manner.
Following the presentation of the findings, speakers will share their views and discuss ways in which the new knowledge generated from this study can contribute to our understanding of urban governance, service delivery, urban planning issues and the potential for reform. This workshop aims to promote cross-learnings between key stakeholders, including policymakers, academicians, researchers, civil society organisations and key development partners.