Lideta, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Lideta, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The CityRAP  tool is a step by step process, elaborated by UN-Habitat and DiMSUR, composed by a set of training workshops, participatory exercises and field activities that provides a path for urban resilience action planning.

It was designed based on four main principles: i) target small to intermediate cities or municipal districts within bigger cities; ii) the municipality or local authority is leader of the process from day one; iii) leverages local knowledge through clear concepts and a participatory approach; iv) leads to a Resilience Framework for Action (RFA). The RFA represent the major outcome of the CityRAP tool implementation. 

In Addis Ababa the application of the CityRAP tool focuses on the resilience of an area of the city (the subcity of Lideta) to enable local decision-makers, planners and the community to plan and take action to build urban resilience. The case of Lideta subcity represents a useful pilot to extend the application of the City RAP tool to other subcities in Addis Ababa, and enhance the overall resilience of the city and its inhabitants to any shock and stress. A core outcome of the collaboration between UN-Habitat and Urban ARK is the strengthening of the governance component of the tool.

The tool has been applied in Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Union of Comoros, Cabo Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and Guinea-Bissau.

This publication covers a range of disaster risk management (DRM) themes, from community participation in DRM data collection to risk mapping and from urban waste management to hazard accumulation


Mark Pelling

In African cities, orienting risk management towards a developmental agenda can

confront the root causes of poverty and risk. Transition to an integrated approach has

Small- and medium-sized cities and towns in sub-Saharan Africa are growing fast and accumulating risks.

Community-based organisation and action can contribute greatly to disaster risk reduction, and interlinked to this, to building resilience to the impacts of climate change.

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