Karonga (Malawi)

Karonga, Malawi

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.

This paper examines the availability of data on disaster losses in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and what this data tells us. 


Emmanuel Osuteye, Cassidy Johnson and Donald Brown

The paper presents an overview of the historical growth of Karonga Town, Malawi and reviews the level of service delivery, various risks in the town and how these impact livelihoods.


Mtafu Manda, Dominic Kamlomo, Chrispin Mphande, Elija Wanda, Orton Msiska, Jean Kaunda and James Kushe

The purpose of this background paper is to describe recent trends in African urban centres, review potential future trajectories of these, and examine their possible implications for risk accumulat


David Dodman, Hayley Leck, Maria Rusca and Sarah Colenbrander

The main urban issue that sub-Saharan Africa is facing is a rapid growth in its urban population (or in the population of particular cities) without the urban governance structures in place that ca


David Satterthwaite

This paper describes how a large proportion of sub-Saharan Africa’s national (and urban) population lives in urban centres other than large cities and considers what we know about risk in these urb


David Satterthwaite

This chapter is a counterpoint to those in the rest of this volume that treat Africa’s large cities.



Ben Wisner, Mark Pelling, Adolfo Mascarenhas, Ailsa Holloway, Babacar Ndong, Papa Faye, Jesse Ribot, and David Simon

Populations and assets, in African cities, small and large, are among the most vulnerable to disaster risk globally. Climate change and demographic shifts add urgency and uncertainty.



Ibidun Adelekan, Cassidy Johnson, Mtafu Manda, et al


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