Impact, training and collaboration

Theory of Change: Outcomes and Impact

Urban ARK’s Theory of Change focuses on three outcomes which we suggest will lead to two key impacts:


  1. Increased visibility and enhanced advocacy for resilience and risk management in the cities of sub-Saharan Africa  amongst international development and humanitarian actors.
  2. Enhanced commitment and capacity for urban risk management and governance within participating cities.
  3. Academic thinking reflects a more comprehensive and systematic coverage and better understanding of urban risk and resilience drivers, processes of change and status in sub-Saharan Africa including focus on gender and conflict.


  1.  More Africa-centric and urban–centric international policy and academic landscape for resilience and disaster risk management.
  2.  Evidence based planning and policy making amongst implementing agencies, including community groups within the Urban ARK  target cities

Theory of change diagram



Collaboration and Opportunities

The programme encourages wide collaboration – please join the conversation.  We invite you to join our planned city science and stakeholder meetings, to apply for our visiting researcher fellowships (see below) and for places in our intensive training workshops and to share your thoughts and reactions through our website and twitter account

Future planning and post-programme legacy are central to Urban ARK. The programme also links to important tools and frameworks for measuring and increasing resilience to multi-hazard impacts developed by various agencies and targeted at multiple scales. For example, UN HABITAT’s City Resilience Action Planning (CityRAP) Tool for providing national and local governments with tools for measuring and increasing resilience to multi-hazard impacts.