Manchester Briefing #15 – Cities for a Resilient Recovery: International lessons on recovery from COVID-19

Featured image of the Manchester Briefing produced by the University of Manchester and Resilient Cities Network as part of the Cities for a Resilient Recovery program, International lessons on recovery from COVID-19.
Written by Resilient Cities Network
Wednesday, 23 September 2020


In this 15th edition (September 3rd, 2020) briefing from Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) & Alliance Manchester Business School, we highlight how engaging in place-based COVID19 research in your city and community can create multiple-benefits; how African bank and non-bank actors are adopting or accelerating measures to #digitize economies to provide safer, more inclusive financial mechanisms; and how recovery is the time to focus on underlying root causes of vulnerability, including people living with visible and invisible disabilities.

African banks and non-bank actors are helping lower barriers to mobile banking and payments to bring more people into the cashless economy, meaning safer, cashless payments and enabling a longer-term a shift towards financial inclusion. The World Bank argues that helping communities recover and strengthen their resilience to pandemics, natural hazards, and climatechange will require addressing pre-existing social, political, and economic factors that make poor and marginalized people more vulnerable in the first place.

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