Urban Africa risk knowledge (Urban ARK)
Understanding vulnerability and resilience in African cities
Urban ARK was a three-year programme aimed at reducing disaster risk in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa by breaking the cycles of ‘risk accumulation’.
The nature and scale of disaster risks are changing in the context of rapid urban growth and change, poverty and climate change in low-income countries in Africa. There needs to be a better understanding of how these risks affect women, men and children in a diverse range of urban contexts, in order to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable urban households.
Our role in the project was to provide guidance to help avoid any negative effects of the efforts on local conflict dynamics and to prevent conflict-related issues becoming obstacles to the work. Urban ARK focused on six cities: Dakar (Senegal), Ibadan (Nigeria), Karonga (Malawi), Mombasa and Nairobi (Kenya), and Niamey (Niger).
This project aimed to generate evidence on how multiple hazards and vulnerabilities interact and overlap to both create and exacerbate risk in under-researched urban African areas. The generated knowledge will enable better informed and designed urban development and humanitarian interventions.
This project ran from January 2015 to July 2018.
Find out more at www.urbanark.org