By Naomi Sonneveld, Deputy Resilience Officer, City of Rotterdam.

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When the world got hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, we as Resilient Rotterdam were searching for our role and best ways to help Rotterdam to build back better. Interestingly, the concept of resilience quickly became a building block of Rotterdam’s recovery plans.

However, we soon realised that the city needed more than concepts and lofty mottos such as “we need to build back better”; there was a real hunger for concrete examples and knowledge on how cities can actively and practically work on building back better and become more resilient. Resilient Rotterdam partnered with Team Impact & Response (which part of the crisis response department in the municipality of Rotterdam) and came up with the idea to bundle inspiration and information using a Resilience Framework (response, recovery and transformation) that was helpful for the City of Rotterdam. …


By Efrat Makin-Knafo, Chief Resilience Officer, Head of the Resilience & Social Equality Authority and Mayor Advisor for Gender Equality, and the Resilience team, Tel-Aviv-Yafo municipality.

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The global coronavirus pandemic has created a deep social and economic crisis that affects the entire population. However, the coronavirus crisis — like other crises before it — has had a unique and more severe effect on women.

The crisis has increased inequality between men and women in society and has exposed women, more than ever, to the threat of poverty and a loss of financial and social safety nets.

It is very important that Tel Aviv-Yafo addresses this matter, given the city’s status as the leading advocate of liberal values in Israel, its diverse fabric and the especially large number of women calling Tel Aviv-Yafo home. Almost one-quarter of all families in the city are single-parent families headed by a woman — twice the national average. …


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In February of 2020, during the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF) in Abu Dhabi, Visa and the Resilient Cities Network announced their partnership to help cities develop their digital infrastructure that can build and further resilience across Latin American cities. Digital transformations have gained relevance as an enabler of resilience in recent years, which has been accelerated by the pandemic as people have started changing the way they access services, interact, and navigate spaces. The program “Digital Cities Shaping a Digital World”, through collaborative work, will support cities to deploy digital solutions as part of their resilience vision.

This Concept Paper, developed as a vital tool for the program, builds the foundation of the collaborative work, as it takes the first steps toward understanding the challenges and opportunities of Latin American cities from a digital lens — to be better able to take more informed resilient actions. In addition, the concept paper discusses the role of digital inclusion when building urban resilience, as well as the current state of digitalization of a select set of Latin American cities. Finally, it invites the reader to explore and start imagining digital strategies through a preliminary menu of windows of opportunity that can pave the way for a more resilient digital future in urban Latin America. …

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