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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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Disaster Risk Reduction: A Resilience Agenda for Urban Africa

What we are doing

Results from the World Risk Pool 2022 indicate that the four regions of Africa have the lowest resilience index scores in the world, and respondents from these regions were the least likely to feel they could act in the event of a disaster. Urban poor women typically belong to the most vulnerable groups of people in Africa, as they often lack access to resources such as capital, land and internet, especially in informal settlements. Gender inequalities limit the participation of women in education, labour markets, services, financing and value chains. Climate hazards, such as droughts, heat waves and floods threaten the income, food security, health, safety, and overall agency of women, and thus their ability to effectively respond to climate risks. Disaster risk reduction in urban areas is even more of a critical issue in light of climate change, especially due to rapid urbanisation and increasing demands on city governments and resources by growing urban populations. Urban resilience planning integrates an understanding of systemic risk, gendered approaches to climate governance processes, and prioritises interventions for disaster risk reduction through training, capacity building and multi-level governance, with improved outcomes for safety and resilience.

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What we are achieving

The DRR4Africa project seeks to improve resilience and safety from climate-induced disasters across three African cities, as the epicentres of localised climate impacts. Utilising WRP and additional data emerging from project learning labs, DRR4Africa will support the cities of Lusaka, Cape Coast and Port-Louis in undertaking a baseline risk assessment, through the Making Cities Resilient 2030 Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities. Based on Scorecard outcomes, priority areas of intervention will be identified for each city, and a bespoke solutions package will be co-developed and deployed in cities.

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