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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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Making Cities Resilient: Supporting Cities in Uganda towards the Development of Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies

What we are doing

Disaster risk reduction is essential in African cities, not only to deal with real-time disasters, but also to proactively enact policies, plans and actions that reduce the impact of future disasters, and build climate resilience. To successfully support climate resilience and disaster risk reduction, it is therefore essential to work at the local level supporting our cities in cross-sectoral planning, integrated development and fostering improved engagement with national government. The project will support three cities in Uganda, namely Jinja, Mukono and Entebbe, to develop local disaster risk reduction strategies. The project supports a co-development and learning approach which is underpinned by multi-level governance (working closely with local government and engaging with national government and key stakeholders) supporting cross-sectoral engagement at the local level. The implementation of the project will be aligned with the methodologies guided by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) and Regional Office for Africa, supporting the implementing of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign. The Project contributes directly to Deliverable 2.1.3: Enhanced capacity for planning and implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies at local level through horizontal and vertical linkages of UNDRR’s work programme 2020-2021. It also contributed to the achievement of Target e of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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How we are tracking

- 3 cities in Uganda completed the development of DRR strategies and the full scorecard assessments - National government actively participated in, and contributed to local DRR strategy development, dialogues and peer to peer exchanges. - Lessons learnt, observations and good practices captured during local and national stakeholder engagements and associated meetings and events. - National Guidelines (how-to guidance) for national government on local DRR Strategy developed.

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What we are achieving

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDDR) has been promoting Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as well as the ‘Making Cities Resilient’ Campaign (MCR) with the aim of strengthening the capacity of cities and local governments in DRR and the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Action. ICLEI Africa was appointed to provide technical assistance to 50 local government from Sub-Saharan Africa to carry out self-assessments at the local level in order to support implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Beneficiary cities were selected based on specific criteria including level of risks, demand and interest shown, involvement of other partners and the level of institutional capacity to assess and address disaster risks, as well as prior experience and participation in the making Cities Resilient Campaign and other factors. The project targeted issues related to the development and implementation of risk-informed local development plans, with direct relation to increased capacity to deal with the topic and monitoring for improved public services to communities.

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Related ICLEI Pathways
  • Nature-based development
  • Resilient development
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