Responding to Covid: Identifying transformative urban pathways

Zimbabwe
Governance
Cities
Informal settlements
Governance
Cities
Informal settlements

In Zimbabwe many households depend on informal employment and live in crowded settlements with unreliable, shared access to water and sanitation. Inclusive, equitable responses to COVID-19 and other urban development challenges will need to support informal service providers and workers, particularly those providing essential services. Drawing on their extensive experience of supporting and co-producing knowledge on community-led upgrading processes, Dialogue on Shelter Trust have identified an opportunity to incorporate a ‘people centred slum upgrade protocol’ in Zimbabwe’s pending national development plan (2021-2025). If the protocol is incorporated in the national development plan, Zimbabwean officials will likely be able to mobilise funding more readily to upgrade informal settlements, with potential to address COVID-related risks and support equitable urban development pathways.

To support this process the project will conduct a detailed case study analysis of community-led responses to COVID-19 in Zimbabwe, including efforts around the National Development Policy. It will document local responses and government interventions and undertake a comparative analysis of COVID-19 responses and synthesise insights from Zimbabwe and Kenya in order to identify the political drivers of more transformative urban development processes.

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