WP1 - Vulnerability Assessment:
In Karonga Town work applies a community level Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) method. Primary data is collected through stakeholder consultations; gender / age based focused group discussions and transect walks. The tool is intended to support the development of effective risk reduction interventions by considering how everyday / multiple hazard risks and vulnerabilities can be addressed through urban planning and governance.
The research includes several components such as household interviews and water quality analysis, which has also been implemented alongside GNDR's frontline tool, thereby allowing triangulation of data from the VCA approach. This case provides Urban ARK an opportunity to contribute to the development of methodological tools and the building of local capacity within the context of a rapidly urbanizing country that is in the initial stages of reorienting its national policy framework to address the growing needs of its urban areas.