International symposium on pandemics and cities: learning from state and civil society response

Location: Hybrid event (online and in-person at University of the Western Cape, South Africa) | Map
Language: English/Spanish (with translation)

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International symposium: Pandemics and cities

Faced with the asymmetrical distribution of Covid’s effects, cities have a critical role in building local resilience. Globally, both pandemic and control measures have severely affected urban residents’ ability to meet basic needs, particularly relating to food, services (e.g. health, education, childcare), and access to reliable information. Central state-led pandemic responses have often fallen short of the appropriate and effective interventions needed at the local scale. Community-based organisations (CBOs) have played a decisive role in pandemic response in many low-income neighbourhoods, mitigating vulnerabilities by responding to gaps in basic needs provisioning. In some cases, they have been supported or partnered by municipal institutions. The pandemic’s critical juncture offers transformative potential for cities, and this workshop explores learnings from state and civil society responses at the urban scale, based on preliminary findings from two projects funded by the Urban Studies Foundation’s Pandemics and Cities fund. Participants include community leaders from Cape Town (South Africa) and Cali (Colombia) alongside representatives of the City of Cape Town.

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"The USF International Fellowship helped me write two journal articles with an internationally renowned scholar in a world-class research environment. As a visiting scholar at Cardiff University, I was provided with convenient working space, good access to university resources, and regularly participated in enriching seminars and workshops. The very generous USF grant helped me cover all the costs related to my activities in Cardiff, making my life and work easier. Moreover, the fellowship boosted my motivation to further pursue my career in Urban Studies."

Dr Engida Esayas Dube, International Fellowship

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