The videos presented here provide a visual insight into the practical and thematic work of Connective Cities. Experts and practitioners worldwide describe their learning experience. These are supplemented by specific field visits to the corresponding urban locations.

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Video on the occasion of the official launch event of the Connective Cities Network MENA on 15.06.2021: review of the learning processes so far, insight into good practices and funding advice, and outlook on planned activities.


Green Urban Infrastructure in Asian Cities

Connective Cities Virtual Planning Workshop

From August 3rd until August 14th, 2020 around 30 urban practitioners from 6 Asian cities came together virtually during the Connective Cities Virtual Planning Workshop to exchange their experiences in the field of Green Urban Infrastructure. The workshop was a follow-up to the dialogue event in Bandung, Indonesia in November 2019 and aimed to further developed existing project ideas. During the workshop the participants were able to reflect on practical examples and to discuss challenges experienced by their peers. This led together with input from financial experts to more structured and concreted action plans.

Videos about Municipal Response to COVID-19

Video of Connective Cities Network MENA activities from July to December 2020: sharing of good practices and lessons learned and providing peer to peer consultation on seven topics in a series of events with over 150 participants from 54 cities across nine countries in the region.


"Collective ideas of many people can take us even further. I think it’s so important to collaborate at this time."

In our Grand Season Finale, Harinjaka from Anatananarivo, Madagascar,  tells us how the wisdom of his ancestors made sense during this pandemic.

Interview with Henning Schulz: Digitalisation

"You should develop your own digital agenda. It always individual to your city."

Gütersloh, Deutschland a paper-based municipality that developed its own digital agenda within three years and moved online and into home offices within very few days.  Henning Schulz, its former mayor, tells us how did they made it in an organized way.

Interview with Hugo Salomão França: Crisis Communication

"Our technical-scientific way instead of political management was a fundamental approach during this period, and Belo Horizonte owes its good results so far to it."
Bem-vindo to Belo Horizonte, Brasil, a city that communicates to its own citizens and also helps partner cities and organizations worldwide.  Learn how Hugo Salomão França and his team helped to make sense of this unprecedent situation.


Interview with Lutfi Haziri: Crisis Management

"Gjilan has some sort of experience with emergency situations because we are a post-conflict country and we are living in a seismic area."
Meet Lutfi Haziri, mayor of Gjilan, Kosovo, that came up with immediate measures to control borders in order to prevent the COVID-19 arrival to his small country.

Interview with Ahmad Zeyad: Public Health and Crisis Management

"You should always trust and believe in your own capabilities to combat crisis and raise the resilience of your own city."
Avoid bureaucracy, gather verified urban data and rely on your own strengths - watch through Ahmad Zeyad what it took to reduce infection rates in Amman, Jordan.

Interview with Awande Buthelezi: Crisis Management/Digitalisation

"There is a gap between how municipalities and the state provide services and the experiences of people on the ground."

Awande Buthelezi from Johannesburg, South Africa, shows how did he and his NGO handled to know who was in need of essential supplies such as water when there was no existing data about the precise locations.

Interview with Rami Kanaan: Digitalisation and Public Health

"We monitored in real-time the locations where the virus was spreading, both the people in confinement and the infected ones, to intensify desinfections operations."
Hazmieh, Lebanon, a city located at the entrance of Beirut. Rami Kanaan, a proud Lebanese, told us how to control infection chains to prevent the virus from spreading and how can police and ambulances profit from this.

Interview with Daniel Onyango on Crisis Communication

"Indigenous knowledge and skills and the ability of communities to respond to crisis is something that has been neglected." Nairobi, Kenia, a troubled place that woke up Daniel Onyango and friends’ creativity to rose awareness for the safety measures. He lives in one of the biggest informal settlement of the capital where people did not understand the magnitude of COVID-19.


Interview with Leila Ben Gacem: Social Innovation

"I think as city councillors we need to think as social entrepreneurs."
Beni Khalled, Tunisia, a city famous for its citrus farms, is home of Leila Ben Gacem, social entrepreneur and as elected city councillor head of the Finance Committee. The brave woman worked late hours throughout the first lockdown in order to coordinate volunteers, health companies and municipal activities through social entrepreneurship skills.


Interview with Faola Hodaj on Innovation Ecosystems

Tirana, Albania, is a potential hub for StartUp enthusiasts with a young and multi-lingual population. Learn through Faola Hodaj, Director of Innovation at Municipality of Tirana, how did the municipality reflect this innovative spirit through its services and response to the pandemic.


Podcast with Dr. Lardo Stander: Economic Response and Housing

"The social compact is critical in order to respond quickly and appropriately to future pandemics." Economic modelling to better understand crisis scenarios; mapping vulnerable groups for targeted help. Dr. Lardo Stander from Pretoria, South Africa, told us how did they deal with the South African slums’ economic and housing problems during lockdown.


Podcast with Nadia Odjo: "Smart Schooling"

"We learned to use what we have." Listen to Nadia Odjo, a SmartSchooling natural from Jacmel, Haiti, and founder of the B.R.I.T.E Initiative. She implemented distance learning at her school by her own besides a disconnected community that even had problems setting up e-mail accounts.


Podcast with Magnolia Vega: Crisis Communication

Learn through Magnolia Vega, communication officer in a district of Bogotá, how to keep informed 7 million citizens during the pandemics and how to orchestrate between 60 communication officers - in a very personal effort - to unify their message under one brand.


Podcast with Armin Berger: Digital Innovation

Welcome to Berlin, where thousands of artists lost their stages because of lockdown. Learn how Armin Berger got support from the senator of culture and how good ideas emerged during breakfast to fill Berlin with new life: Berlin(a)Live


Podcast with Salih Mahmod on Public Health Innovation

Meet Salih Mahmod, a young Iraqi that rebuilt his Mosul Space entirely after ISIS left Mosul and knew what to do after the hospitals in his city lost their medical supplies in the middle of the pandemic.


Kiel: Entrepreneurship and Digitalisation

We traveled to Kiel, where we captured deep insights from a city that, as a digital champion, had to adapt quickly. How do you keep your StartUp community alive if people cannot meet personally?


Weimar: Economic response to COVID-19

Weimar, a city that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Watch how did the local city guides, hoteliers and small shop owners react to the lockdown? And what did the local authorities do?


Hazmieh, Lebanon

Strategic Prepardness and Response Plan Using GIS

The video shows how the city of Hazmieh was enabled to obtain a fully functional Geographic Information System (GIS) and how GIS played the main role in increasing significantly the municipality's yearly income. Now, the strategic preparedness via GIS allowed the immediate planning and execution of an emergency plan against COVID-19...


Beni-Khalled, Tunisia

Beni-Khalled is a city of about 26.000 inhabitants in the North-East of Tunisia. COVID-19 led to an unknown wave of solidarity. For the first time, all association and NGOs there united for a successful funding campaign to equip regional hospitals and healthcare workers with protective equipment and clothing. Young people volunteered to ensure security measures in public areas and to provide food for lock-downed and elderly people…


Amman, Jordan

"The only constant thing is change."
Dr. Mervat Al Muheirat, Deputy City Manager for Health and Agriculture, explains her response plan to COVID-19 for the Jordanian capital and its successful implementation. Amman is home to about 50% of the Jordanian population. In the meantime, most of the restrictions have been gradually lifted.


Hazmieh, Lebanon

Excellent in fighting COVID-19
As a result of the successful measures, there have so far been only nine cases tested positive in this city of approx. 50,000 inhabitants. The recipe for success: a comprehensive but composed communication strategy, 100% compliance of the population with the measures, extensive disinfection measures, and monitoring and tracking of all measures through an innovative GIS-based database according to the latest state of the art.


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