The digital transformation caused by the pandemic can be a powerful tool for inclusive city planning
The changes brought about by COVID-19 can be used to make cities more open, accessible and inclusive to all people.
In order to be effective, land pooling needs to be supported by policy measures that ensure the benefits accrue equally to landowners, the community, and the government.
Investments in safe, adequate and affordable water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities must be sustained and result in improved services and a less polluted environment for everyone, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable in Asia and the Pacific.
Governments should adopt public space policies that support all citizens—including informal workers and the urban poor.
During the pandemic, people in cities have seen how valuable green space is for mental and physical health. We should protect and expand green space and make its benefits accessible to all.
Testing sewage for the coronavirus could provide vital clues to its spread in areas where mass testing is difficult.
Asian cities act as engines of economic growth, providing jobs, expertise, and the sharing of resources. But in some cases, these powerful engines are sputtering due to insufficient infrastructure, inadequate planning, and poor governance.
Throughout Asia and the world, digital solutions are being found for urban problems. Policymakers and city leaders should ensure that the poor do not get left behind in this digital transformation of cities.