As cities across Africa start to lift pandemic restrictions, young people are hoping for a more equitable future. On Monday May 23rd, the University of Warwick, Open University and Slum Dwellers International (SDI) will launch the policy findings of an AHRC-funded project that captured the experiences of young people during the pandemic and their recommendations for a just and resilient urban future. Living in informal settlements across eight African cities, young people working as part of SDI’s youth federation led the recording of video diaries and interviews and participated in focus groups facilitated by SDI and UK researchers. The launch will be spear-headed by the publication of a blog hosted by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in which young people reflect on IIED’s vision for a transformative urban recovery from COVID-19. There will also be launch media output and events across the eight cities.

The project website, policy brief, and link to IIED blog can be found here: