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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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Fortitude Initiative

Project description

ICLEI Africa’s Fortitude Initiative builds climate resilience at the local level by supporting towns, cities, municipalities and regions to strengthen their disaster risk reduction strategies and action plans, and enhance their implementation. By first assessing local needs, we create space to co-develop and co-produce relevant solutions and mobilise resources to improve future disaster response. Fortitude focuses on supporting local government through 5 main building blocks: i) Advocacy - to reshape the global disaster risk reduction landscape to ensure cities and subnational governments are recognised, capacitated, engaged and able to mobilise resources in the face of more frequent and intense climate shocks; ii) Networking - enables engagement across government tiers and between local governments facing similar challenges, with a spirit of openness, honesty, and inclusivity, allowing the space for context-relevant solutions to emerge; iii) Technical - assist local governments to develop disaster risk reduction action plans and preparedness mechanisms, risk and vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans; iv) Finance - empower subnational governments to access, mobilise and use new and existing resources from local budgets and national and international funds, both from public and private sources; and v)Implementation - identity and strengthen the mechanisms, approaches and competencies needed to implement a holistic and integrated disaster risk reduction strategy that builds local level resilience. In doing so, African cities are working toward international commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework and Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.

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Measured, quantitative outcomes / project impact

As the frequency and intensity of climate change related disasters increase, local communities are severely impacted. In response to recent climate related disasters on the continent, ICLEI Africa is stepping up to support cities in reducing their disaster risk. We draw on two decades of on-the-ground work in Africa, building and strengthening resilience through proactive planning.

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Related ICLEI Pathways
  • Resilient development
Related SDGs
Focus Areas

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - UNDRR,

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