Webinar with UN-Habitat: Urban-Rural Linkages in the Time of COVID-19 - Neighbourhood Governance and Community Response

The fifth session of this webinar series, Urban-Rural Linkages in the time of COVID-19: Urban Neighbourhood Governance and Community Response, jointly organised by UN-Habitat’s Urban-Rural Linkages project and the GCRF Centre for Sustainable Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), explored how a local response at the neighbourhood level can help cities in developing countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Remy Sietchiping (CHAIR), Head of Policy, Legislation, and Governance Section, UN-Habitat
  • Maria Teresa Nogales, Founder & Executive Director at Alternativas Foundation
  • Mario Delos-Reyes, University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP), President & CEO Centre for Neighbourhood Studies (CeNS) and Co-Investigator SHLC
  • Erika Salem, Programme Officer, Montréal – Métropole en santé
  • Francis Levira, Ifakara Health Institute and Co-Investigator SHLC


  • Learn more about the adaptation and innovation of neighbourhood governance structures in the face of COVID-19
  • Develop a deep understanding of concrete interventions by different neighbourhood governance configurations to manage urban-rural flows of people, resources, and capital during the pandemic.
  • Discuss the contribution of urban-rural linkages and integrated territorial approaches to handle the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and post-crisis recovery in neighbourhoods.