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Project: “Post COVID-19 Recovery in Informal Settlements in the ECE Region”

Project start date: 14 September 2020 

Project end date: 31 December 2020

Target countries

Albania (Tirana), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), Montenegro (Podgorica) and North Macedonia (Skopje).

Overall objective

The objective of this project is to strengthen the capacity of the national and local governments in the UNECE countries to address the needs of the most vulnerable groups of population living in the informal settlements. This would enhance the socio-economic recovery following the pandemic and contribute to urban resilience in participating cities and countries.  

The project will also build capacities of the national and local authorities in the four pilot countries for the development of recovery and upgrading informal settlements plans. 

The project will result in the development of a Post COVID-19 Recovery Action Plan for Informal Settlements for countries in the ECE region as well as concrete recommendations for the four pilot cities for upgrading the informal settlements and supporting the cities in the recovery from COVID-19 pandemic.

Expected benefits for participating cities

  • A Post COVID-19 Recovery Action Plan for Informal Settlements for the ECE Region, including detailed recommendations for the four pilot cities 
  • Increased capacity of national, subnational and local governments in the four project cities/countries to transform informal settlements into sustainable, resilient urban areas in the recovery from COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Preparation of a series of online lectures on the formalization process of informal constructions to build capacity of national and local governments and as starting point for implementing the Recovery Action Plan.
  • Organization of a series of thematic online workshops to build capacity of local policy makers and public authorities on policy areas for sustainable urban development.