Through a joint initiative, Urban ARK and UN Habitat have published an open access book titled' Breaking Cycles of Risk Accumulation in Africa Cities'.
The book addresses the key overarching question: How can cycles of risk accumulation in African cities be broken in ways that also enhance local and city-wide development? It draws on the experience of researchers, policy makers and community organisers working in African cities. A range of case studies are offered from Anglophone and Francophone Africa. Each study aims to stimulate discussion and support best practice amongst city planners and risk managers. The book is written in an accessible style. Each short chapter focusses on a specific challenge or opportunity offering key lessons and background reading. The book brings together insight from climate scientists, risk modellers and citizen science teams using vulnerability and health-assessment methods to reveal and act to reduce risk.The book was launched on 12 February 2020 at the UNHABITAT World Urban Forum.