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 can manage this.
Urban agglomerations are inherently subject to multiple intensive and extensive risks related to the complexity of their physical and socio-economic systems of production and decision- making process by urban actors at multiple scales.
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. This paper outlines priorities for research responding to this challenge.
This Working Paper examines the role of civil society in urban resilience policy and practice in Nairobi, Kenya, within the transition period to a new devolved governance system.
This chapter is a counterpoint to those in the rest of this volume that treat Africa’s large cities. As Simon (Int Dev Plann Rev 36(2):v– xi, 2014) has observed, most study of African urban climate change adaptation has focused on the challenges to large cities.
This thematic guidance note focuses on gender relations in urban risk and knowledge. Gender relations are defined as the ‘socially constructed relationship between women and men, in which women have been systematically subordinated.’ (Moser, 1993:3).
This thematic guidance note focuses on conflict and guidance in urban risk and knowledge. The note provides insights into distinguishing between conflict and violence. Conflict is a dynamic process, can be violent or non-violent and can go through various stages of escalation and de-escalation.
This theme focuses on making sure that the knowledge generated by Urban ARK is legitimate and accessible in its conception, generation, dissemination and application.
The report presents the results of a Baseline study on the Urban Households Economy Analysis (Urban HEA) for households that are at risk of flooding in the city of Niamey, Niger. Data were collected in the field from communities of 11 vulnerable districts often victims of flooding.