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UNDA 13th tranche project on building urban economic resilience during and after COVID-19

The project is supported from the residual funds of the United Nations Development Account (UNDA) 13th tranche.

Project start date: July 2020 

Project end date: 31 December 2021

Implementing entities and United Nations partners

  • Executing agencies: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Implementing partners: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
  • Technical collaboration partners: United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)


Target countries

Albania (Tirana), Cameroon (Yaoundé), Ecuador (Guayaquil), Egypt (Alexandria), Fiji (Suva), Ghana (Accra), India (Pune), Kuwait (Kuwait), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), Lebanon (Beirut), Malaysia (Subang Jaya), Peru (Lima), the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo), Ukraine (Kharkiv), Viet Nam (Hoi An), Zimbabwe (Harare).

Overall objective

The project will focus on strengthening the capacities of local governments in 16 cities globally to design, implement and monitor sustainable, resilient and inclusive COVID-19 economic and financial responses, recovery and rebuilding plans. The immediate impact of the project will be the provision of good global practices from other cities which will inform the pilot cities in their activities to develop and implement their immediate response and recovery plans to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimately, the project will contribute to planning for more resilience in cities and local governments to better withstand shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic and urban systems’ stresses that are likely to reoccur in a predominantly urban world. Implementation will consider linkages with other dimensions of urban resilience that are of specific relevance to the different social, spatial and governance contexts of each region.

Expected benefits for participating cities

  • Regional and global showcasing of the experiences, practices and innovation of the city
  • Learning and insights from regional and global experiences from other cities and local authorities
  • Engagement and peer-learning through dialogue with other local authorities in the region and globally
  • Technical support towards the preparation of an economic and financial recovery and rebuilding strategy/plan for the city
  • Knowledge and evidence-based information on economic and financial dimensions of COVID-19 in the city as a basis for policy and decision-making.