Reputable resources for local governments in Sub-Saharan Africa

Published: 15 Apr 2020
Reputable resources for local governments in Sub-Saharan Africa

The unprecedented pace at which the global COVID-19 situation is changing is directly impacting cities and local governments. Cities are and will be decisive in guaranteeing the population’s well-being during and after this pandemic, which presents unique challenges to their leaders.

Daily life for local government officials has changed severely. Some are being redeployed to support response operations. Those able to continue with pre-COVID-19 deliverables are doing so with limited access to their offices or from home. This restricts face-to-face meetings and engagements. Those supporting cities and their residents, like national government, the private sector, development agencies and civil society are facing the same restrictions.

The CoM SSA initiative, in its spirit, supports local governments across the region during this time. Find below a list of resources that will be updated regularly to include relevant information in various languages to African city leaders.  

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Reputable resources in ENGLISH for local governments in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa CDC – specialised technical institution of the African Union established to support public health initiatives of Member States and strengthen the capacity of their public health institutions to detect, prevent, control and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats. 

Advocacy and ICLEI events affected by COVID-19. ICLEI World Secretariat is tracking the latest developments on how the global crisis is affecting events around the globe.

E-Tracking map of the #CoViD19 in Africa. This site has been developed to track the spread of COVID-19 in Africa, in real time. It also offers insights into consequences for health and the economy 

Cities and coronavirus (COVID-19). This curated collection of media and resources focuses on topics relevant to mayoral teams and departments that are C40 touch-points: waste, food, buildings, transportation, public engagement, and many more – via The C40 Knowledge Hub

Governing Through Crisis. This five-part crisis management webinar series helps local and regional governments respond to COVID-19 – via CivicPlus

Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management through infographics on municipal waste trends.

COVID-19 special: Working remotely for public servants. This free online workshop explains how to stay productive and leverage the full potential of your team while working remotely. 15 April 2020, 4:00 PM CEST – via APOLITICAL

COVID-19: Lessons learnt and outlooks for sustainable, low carbon transport. This webinar focuses on the sustainable transport sector’s response to the crisis, informal transport, public transport, bailout schemes, socio-economic stimulus plans and intergenerational solidarity. – via SloCaT

Collective responses to global health emergencies. This page for local and regional governments to share initiatives (e.g. plans, strategies, policies) designed specifically as a reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak and initiatives designed to face other health emergencies such as sanitary crisis or epidemics – via Cities for Global Health

How to communicate effectively with the public during COVID-19. This online workshop featuring academic experts in neuroscience and behavioural economics explains how to communicate effectively with the public and data on how the public is responding to messages about COVID-19 – via APOLITICAL

Management of COVID-19: Guidelines for public transport operators. This collection of guidelines aims to assist public transport operators in tailoring business continuity plans responding to the specific challenges of communicable diseases – via UITP

Sustainability officers report on the effects of COVID-19 crisis on their work. Since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported at the end of 2019, every sector of society around the world has been affected. Sustainability departments are no exception.

The COVID-19 crisis: Are we daring to look beyond? A message from Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI Regional Director for Europe.

Pressing Forward: Local government climate and sustainability staff speak to uncertainty amid global health crisis. This article captures some of the initial insights and adjustments our US Members are experiencing across diverse departments. Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management through infographics on municipal waste trends.

Online workshops – lessons learnt in support of the new normal for the built environment practitioner via LinkedIn

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change Earth’s trajectory — The Conversation 

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Ressources en FRANÇAIS fiables et utiles pour les gouvernements locaux en Afrique Sub-saharienne


Association des Maires francophones (AIMF) a développé une plate-forme pour partager les informations et les solutions mises en œuvre par ses membres en réponse à Covid-19.

Réponses collectives aux urgences sanitaires mondiales – Cette page permet aux collectivités locales et régionales de partager des initiatives (des plans, des stratégies, des politiques) élaborées spécifiquement en réaction à la crise COVID-19 et des initiatives mises en place pour faire face à d’autres urgences sanitaires telles que des crises sanitaires ou des épidémies – via  Villes pour la santé mondiale 

Epidémie de coronavirus : Ressources et informations  – La Plateforme ELSA vous accompagne pendant l’épidémie de COVID-19. Vous trouverez dans cette thématique les ressources nécessaires à la bonne compréhension de l’épidémie, les conseils pour se protéger.

Stop Covid-19 : les essentiels pour la prévention et le contrôle du virus. Bioforce a créé cette auto-formation pour soutenir les acteurs locaux des pays francophones travaillant avec les communautés. Dans cette formation, vous trouverez des informations claires et objectives sur le virus et ses effets ainsi que des ressources pratiques pour assurer les interventions auprès des communautés.

Africa CDC – institution technique spécialisée de l’Union africaine créée pour soutenir les initiatives de santé publique des États membres et renforcer la capacité de leurs institutions de santé publique à détecter, prévenir, contrôler et répondre rapidement et efficacement aux menaces de maladie.

Sensibilisation au virus Corona (COVID-19) : Que peuvent faire les bibliothécaires africains : Cette page regroupe des ressources utiles (fiches d’information, articles, infographies, etc.) que vous pouvez diffuser en les partageant afin de sensibiliser votre personnel et vos communautés d’utilisateurs. — via AfLIA (Association Africaine des Bibliothèques et des Institutions d’Information)

La propagation du COVID-19 en Afrique en temps réel | Cette initiative a été créée et développée depuis Dakar par Cédric Moro (consultant en risques majeurs), afin d’établir un suivi précis de la propagation du virus en Afrique, ses conséquences sanitaires et économiques. Cette plateforme, accessible à tous, permet de suivre en temps réel l’évolution de la pandémie sur le continent, nation par nation. 

Numéros verts du coronavirus en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre | Liste de numéros locaux à appeler pour obtenir des informations sur le COVID-19 — via UNICEF

Coronavirus en Afrique : une carte interactive pour suivre au jour le jour l’avancée de l’épidémie — via Jeune Afrique

L’Organisation mondiale de Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis organise des formations en direct : “Au-delà de la réponse immédiate à l’épidémie de COVID-19” est une série de webinaires thématiques (logement, mobilité et transport)

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Recursos em PORTUGUÊS fiáveis para governos locais na África Subsaariana

Africa CDC – instituição técnica especializada da União Africana criada para apoiar iniciativas de saúde pública nos Estados membros e fortalecer a capacidade de suas instituições de saúde pública para detectar, prevenir, controlar e responder rápida e efetivamente às ameaças de doenças.

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