Covid-19 and development: cities of the future
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90 per cent of all COVID-19 cases globally occur in urban areas. However, the ecology of risk, that is, the direct and indirect impacts of the disease, as well as the long-term implications of responses to the pandemic, go well beyond city limits. The pandemic has called into question the very fundamentals of how our infrastructure and basic services are designed, built, accessed and maintained.
In this Sussex Development Lecture, Jaideep Gupte and Annie Wilkinson from IDS, in conversation with Prof. Nausheen H. Anwar, Director of the Karachi Urban Lab in Pakistan, explore current inequalities in infrastructural systems and access to essential services in cities of the global south, how these and intersecting crises are shaping the experience of the pandemic in low-income urban settings across South Asia and Africa, and what the implications are on sustainable urban futures. The conversation isagrounded in epidemiological, urban planning, as well as the socio-political framings of how we build forward post-Covid.