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Disasters have a way of heaping their troubles with disproportionate ferocity upon the poor.

We have published many blogs on civil society’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, writes blog series curator David Satterthwaite.

Urban responses to the COVID-19 pandemic remain at a critical juncture.

Previous blogs have discussed the inadequacies in urban adaptation finance from national governments a

Most city governments in the global South struggle with waste collection, which typically accounts for up to 30% of the municipal budget but often leaves large sections of the population with no service.

Until 1997, Karachi’s public transport had an important government component in the form of the Karachi Transport Corporation (KTC).

Ahead of this year’s World Habitat Day themed ‘Housing for All’, David Satterthwaite sets out why adequate housing is fundamental for health, safety, inclusion in society, and access to employment and services – and for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

David Satterthwaite discusses how building government institutions in capital cities contributes to urban change. Cities have always been associated with centres of political power. Most of the world’s 100 largest cities in 2020 are either national capitals or capitals for the next tier of government – state or provincial. Most have been important cities for centuries.

The pandemic is an opportunity for cities to dramatically rethink use of housing, transport and public spaces in ways that would serve all citizens, especially the socially vulnerable. Environmental justice has many health implications, and COVID-19 is no exception.

In Lima’s informal settlements, ollas comunes – community-led soup kitchens – are reviving strong traditions of self-organised crisis response and resilience among the urban poor. en español