Shelter, the Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) initiative at the Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to the second Policy Lab on: 'Urban Poor Communities and COVID-19 – Inclusive Policies and Practice for Improved Urban Resilience'
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Globally, the COVID-19 case count continues to climb. Even as the pandemic persists, a recent sero-surveillance in Mumbai, India study shows that urban poor communities have experienced an infection rate that is 3.5 times higher than their counterparts. Caught off guard, cities across South Asia are having to respond to the pandemic, as well as, to the vulnerabilities of urban poor communities exacerbated in its wake by providing livelihood support, combatting food insecurity, and creating emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure. While this ‘response’ phase may last well into the medium-term, a discourse on ‘Building Back Better’ is rapidly emerging. Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goal 11 to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, the need for resilience-thinking has only been underscored by the pandemic.
From a resilience perspective, urban poor communities experience any citywide chronic stresses such as water insecurity and acute risks like disasters more severely. The chronic WASH-related stresses not only produce adverse outcomes for health, productivity, and well-being in urban poor communities, but also exacerbate the acute risks engendered by the pandemic. Yet, systems for WASH find an inadequate mention in national and international resilience and recovery frameworks beyond emergency planning. Given its twofold criticality, it is imperative to introduce a paradigm shift and situate WASH centrally within the discourse on citywide resilience and urban poor communities.
The present Policy Lab, ‘Inclusive Policies and Practice for Improved Urban Resilience’ will discuss the role of water and sanitation in enhancing the resilience of urban poor communities. The Lab will aim to learn from novel approaches to WASH service delivery for urban poor communities to inform the framework and action for citywide resilience.
|5 mins||Introduction to the Policy Labs||Neha Agarwal, Research Associate, Centre for Policy Research|
|Session 1 – Resilience Frameworks: Moderated by Shubhagato Dasgupta, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research|
|10 mins||City Resilience through Inclusion of WASH in Disaster Management Framework||Centre for Policy Research|
|15 mins||Urban Poor Communities and Covid-19: Global, national, Local Roles and Responses||Kamal Kishore, Member, National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India|
|15 mins||Incorporating WASH Resilience for the Urban Poor in South Asia||Abhas K. Jha, Practice Manager, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, South Asia Region, World Bank|
|20 mins||Panel Discussion and Q/A
||Kamal Kishore, Member, National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India
Abhas K. Jha, Practice Manager, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, South Asia Region, World Bank
Jagan Shah, Senior Infrastructure Advisor, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) (TBC)
Sakshi Gudwani, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
|Session 2 – Resilience from WASH – Learning from Practice: Moderated by Anju Dwivedi, Senior Researcher, Centre for Policy Research|
|10 mins||Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority’s Water Service Delivery Model for Urban Poor Communities||Taqsem A Khan, Managing Director, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, Bangladesh|
|10 mins||UNICEF-supported Covid-19 Response through WASH in Urban Poor Communities in Maharashtra, India
||Yusuf Kabir, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) Specialist, DRR & Emergency Focal Point, UNICEF Maharashtra|
|10 mins||Sri Lanka’s Approach to Urban Poor Settlements during Covid-19||Manjula Weerakkody, Director - Social Mobilization, Urban Settlement Development Authority, State Ministry of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness, Sri Lanka|
|20 mins||Panel Discussion and Q/A
||Ms D Thara, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India
Lajana Manandhar, Executive Director, Lumanti Support Group for Shelter, Nepal
Taqsem A. Khan, Managing Director, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, Bangladesh
Yusuf Kabir, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) Specialist, DRR & Emergency Focal Point, UNICEF Maharashtra
Manjula Weerakkody, Director - Social Mobilization, Urban Settlement Development Authority, State Ministry of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness, Sri Lanka
|5 mins||Closing Remarks||Vanita Suneja, Regional Advocacy Manager (South Asia), WaterAid|
About the Policy Labs
The present Policy Lab is the first in a series of four titled, Urban Poor Communities & COVID-19 - New Urban WASH Priorities for South Asian Governments, jointly organised by WaterAid, UNICEF, Lumanti Support Group for Shelter, and the Scaling City Institution for India (SCI-FI) initiative at CPR. The series will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders including national and local governments, practitioners, researchers, and the civil society to deliberate on strategies for improving WASH for urban poor communities, and in turn, unlocking the urban resilience of cities across South Asia.
Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI)
The Water and Sanitation initiative under the SCI-FI initiative seeks to understand diverse reasons for poor water and sanitation and to examine how these might be related to technology, service delivery models, questions of institutions, governance, finance, and socio-economic dimensions. The SCI-FI: Water and Sanitation initiative seeks to support national, state, and city authorities to develop policies and programmes for intervention with the goal of increasing access to safe and sustainable sanitation in both urban and rural areas. The SCI-FI initiative is nested at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) since 2013.