Enabling poor households to become more resilient is key to achieving healthy, vibrant and diverse cities of the future. The COVID-19 pandemic, occurring at the same time as many climate-induced disasters, presents an opportunity for cities and countries to consider the importance for livelihoods of enhancing resilience. Instead of focusing on individual livelihoods and attempting to make them more resilient, the focus should be on building the systems that enable individual households to be more resilient and prepared for any threat to their income.

Poverty is increasing in Asia, the world's fastest urbanizing region, with newly-poor people emerging from the pandemic mostly from cities.

COVID-19 exacerbated the threats posed to the urban poor by climate change. The urban poor are highly vulnerable, facing a multitude of threats that can overlap and magnify one another.

Most of them live in marginal and unsafe areas of the city, and whether employed or self-employed, are reliant on an informal and unpredictable cash economy. - blog.adb.org/blogs