URBAN REFUGEES – City residents and urban refugees: from shared living to shared futures (Lucy Earle, IIED)

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Residents in Mathare lack access to adequate housing, sanitation, water and other basic services. Understanding how to respond to the movement of large numbers of displaced people into these areas requires working with partners at the grassroots and city levels who are familiar with the infrastructure and services (Photo: copyright Sohel Ahmed)

COVID-19’s relentless progression has exacerbated the vulnerabilities facing women, children and men living in informal settlements all over the world. Local grassroots organisations across the global South quickly responded to support their communities, making sure they had the basics in lockdown.