Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge – A Research Agenda

Sub-Saharan Africa’s rapid urbanisation presents a significant opportunity to plan
and manage more resilient and sustainable towns and cities. Decision makers
and risk managers at all levels are rising to the challenge. But they need better
information on urban risks and more action at the local level. There is a need to
bring together the public health and disaster risk management fields to tackle the
spectrum of different risks. Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK), based in nine
cities across sub-Saharan Africa, aims to break cycles of urban risk accumulation
by bringing together science and policy actors in the production of knowledge and
action – an approach we call ‘co-production’. New risk reduction innovations are
being developed, providing our partners with a real chance to ensure that sub-
Saharan Africa’s increasingly urban future is more resilient and sustainable.