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COVID-19: Crisis and Recovery

The coronavirus pandemic will have profound knock-on effects for almost every aspect of our lives. As governments grapple with the pandemic and respond to the far-reaching effects of the novel coronavirus, economies will need rebuilding. The future demands that countries build back better, for which countries must harness low-carbon investment opportunities to reboot economies while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution that jeopardize lives. Experts at WRI India share their insights and research to help policymakers navigate through these unprecedented times and support India as it meets the challenges of recovery. Bookmark this page as we will continue to add new blogs, editorials and research. You can also reach out our experts for more information.

  • Tactical Urbanism : An adaptive tool for safe distancing

    When was the last time you walked through the market without being conscious about other people walking close to you or the last time you took a stroll to a neighbourhood park without thinking about the hygiene around? When was the last time you thought of going for a walk without worrying about being asked to maintain apt social distance from your family members?

    Earlier this year, the COVID-19-induced pandemic brought the world to a standstill. We have since come a long way from being locked inside our houses, to slowly getting used to the new normal while working towards...

  • What do MSMEs want? Perspectives from a conversation with NCR’s industrial associations

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 600 Indian medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs) in the textile and garment business are churning out 4.5 lakh personal protective equipment (PPE) kits every day, according to recent reports quoting Union Minister Smriti Irani. Similarly, mask production per day is in excess of two lakh and small enterprises are now aiming at exporting the surplus. Over the past two months,...

  • Innovative financing will be key to restoring public transport

    This blog was originally published in Mint on 14 July.

    A little over 100 days since the covid-19 pandemic brought India to a standstill, damaging lives, livelihoods and the economy, a glimmer of hope has finally appeared. After months of lockdown, the economy is showing some signs of recovery.

    In the coming months, as we step out of the lockdown, our focus will be on rebuilding livelihoods through an economic...

  • Photo essay: People-centred street designs as lessons from Raahgiri Day Street stories

    Cities throughout India and the world are now in the process of recovering from a never-seen-before complete lockdown that was implemented as a safety measure against the ongoing novel coronavirus induced pandemic. This was necessary to maintain physical distance, leaving empty streets around the world as we sat indoors, wondering what we were missing out on. Cities across the globe are now working towards reimagining streets to accommodate the new normal in a post-COVID...

  • Could COVID-19 help rethink India’s informal sector issues?

    India witnessed a vast exodus of informal sector workers in the last few months. This has opened a can of worms questioning the role of these workers in India’s growth story. Urban India depends largely on the informal rural workforce that migrates to cities in search of livelihood and helps build these ever-expanding cities. While the informal workforce contributes significantly to creating and building our cities, there work continues to be undocumented. The situation exploded particularly badly when, in March India instituted a highly controlling lockdown and subsequently...

  • Going local for Climate Action

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our times and is proving to be one of the greatest challenges faced by humanity. It is wreaking havoc around the globe and has forced most of human work to shut down. However, these uncertain times have inadvertently helped the environment, with frequent sightings of...

  • Could the pandemic help rethink Bengaluru’s traffic issues?

    By investing in cycling infrastructure now, the city with one of the most severe traffic congestions in the world, can recover from the lockdown more sustainably and build more resilience.

    The number of COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru could have been at par with other major Indian cities, but quick and decisive actions by the government have helped stem that risk. As the city crawls back to normalcy and people look at safer mobility options, Bengaluru now faces the...

  • South Asia Confronts a Double Disaster: Cyclone and COVID-19

    This blog was originally published on WRI.

    The axiom for this anxious moment is: coronavirus makes everything more complicated. That has been the case in Bangladesh and eastern India in the season’s first tropical cyclone, Amphan, where high winds and lashing rain threatened the region’s most vulnerable populations. Decades of preparation, plus a weakening of the storm as it made landfall, appear to have mitigated Amphan’s initial impact: the...

  • Fighting COVID-19: A Solar-powered Hospital in Rural Jharkhand Takes on the Pandemic

    Even as global health experts raise concerns over the risks faced by rural areas during the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlight the need for a comprehensive approach by governments to tackle it, a hospital for marginalized communities in remote Jharkhand is leading the way in crisis-preparedness. The Nav Jivan Hospital in Palamu district, a 100-bed medical facility, is today on the frontline of rural India’s fight against COVID-19.

    Established in 1961 to serve two of the most under-...

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