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Urban crises

We have 31 items tagged with ‘Urban crises’.
  • Rubbish bags on top of buildings.

    Community-led waste management at scale

    Guest blogger Laila Iskandar introduces us to the Zabbaleen – the unsung heroes managing Cairo’s waste – who provide an essential service achieving record recycling rates at no cost to the government

    12 April 2022 | Blog | Urban
  • A motorbike rides through a flooded road. A woman tries to cross the road from the left hand side pavement.

    IPCC report signposts pathways to climate-resilient future for cities

    Amid its devastating assessment of the impacts of climate change, the latest report highlights the potential of cities to play a major role

    9 March 2022 | Blog | Climate change
  • Aerial view of informal housing.

    Data to drive informal settlement upgrading. Who generates it – and who owns it?

    Guest blogger Sheela Patel joins David Satterthwaite to reflect on the data needed to drive, inform and crucially support informal settlement upgrading. And how and by whom is it generated and used?

    3 March 2022 | Blog | Urban
  • A woman crouches on the flor next to a stove to make a meal

    Multiple housing and climate-related vulnerabilities of informal workers in Indore, India

    While informal workers in Indore, India contend with multi-faceted vulnerabilities, recent research shows a gradual transition towards resilience. Guest bloggers Siddharth Agarwal and Kanupriya Kothiwal discuss the findings.

    16 December 2021 | Blog | Urban
  • A small brick building with two steps leading to a corrugated iron door houses a pit latrine.

    The case for sewers

    On World Toilet Day 2021 we take a look at the surprisingly controversial role of sewers in countering poor-quality sanitation in cities in the global South

    19 November 2021 | Blog | Poverty
  • Aerial view of a slum.

    Can we reduce urban poverty and inequality and achieve net zero cities?

    This year, World Habitat Day focuses on how cities can develop practical, workable plans for a carbon-free world. Over half the world’s population live in urban areas, so it’s unsurprising that cities are responsible for 75% of carbon emissions. Anna Walnycki and Tucker Landesman explain why efforts to achieve zero carbon cities will only be successful if they simultaneously address pervasive urban poverty and inequalities

    4 October 2021 | Blog | Poverty
  • Book cover

    Book summary: Resilience reset − creating resilient cities in the global South

    A book co-authored by IIED’s Aditya Bahadur and Thomas Tanner of SOAS makes the compelling case for a "resilience reset" – to take stock and chart a new path to enhance resilience in the world’s towns and cities, particularly in the global South

    19 July 2021 | Article | Urban
  • Man sits on the floor holding aubergines. In front, there's a table with vegetables

    Community-led COVID-19 response: an update from the Philippines

    One year on, Ruby Papeleras and Migo Gaddi provide an update on the action of the Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines in its fight against COVID-19, including case studies of what has been done in the cities of Davao and Talisay

    14 July 2021 | Blog | Urban
  • A series of grey abandoned and crumbling stone houses in an unwelcoming landscape

    New website for research into refugee wellbeing and livelihoods

    IIED and partners have launched a website that focuses on the wellbeing, self-reliance and livelihoods of displaced people in urban areas and camps in four countries

    14 June 2021 | News | Urban
  • A view of Mafraq City, Jordan

    Rethinking humanitarian aid for refugees as investment in urban water and sanitation

    This research looks at the issue of forced displacement through a new lens. It will model what could be achieved for refugees and their hosts if resources spent on camp populations were invested instead in services and infrastructure in towns and cities hosting refugees

    27 May 2021 | Project | Urban
  • An overhead view of people outside

    City residents and urban refugees: from shared living to shared futures

    Tools used to document the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in one of Nairobi's largest informal settlements are also being used to chart how the lockdowns disproportionately affected displaced people

    7 December 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • Makeshift camps for internally displaced people sprang up in Kathmandu after the severe earthquake in Nepal in April 2015. Relief workers are struggling to help displaced people find durable shelter as the country braces for the monsoon season (Photo: SIM Central and South East Asia, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Urban Crises Learning Fund

    Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises

    2 November 2020 | Project | Urban
  • A number of informal tents forming a village

    Introduction to urban crises and forced displacement

    IIED’s programme of work brings together diverse perspectives on humanitarian emergencies and forced displacement, to inform new directions in urban crisis response

    23 October 2020 | Article | Urban
  • A group of people at a handwashing facility

    Community-led COVID-19 response: the work of the Philippines Homeless People’s Federation

    Based on member interviews and accounts, the Philippines Homeless People’s Federation describes how community organisations have rallied to support vulnerable groups, hit hardest by the pandemic

    9 June 2020 | Blog | Poverty
  • People walk past ruined buildings

    Haiti earthquake 10 years on – a new chapter in disaster response

    A decade after the devastating Haiti earthquake, Lucy Earle reflects on the humanitarian response to the tragedy and its urban setting – and the lessons that have been learned for disaster response

    12 January 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • People looking at a map

    Learning from community planning following the Haiti earthquake

    IIED has created an online learning archive to document community planning in post-earthquake Haiti

    9 January 2020 | Project | Urban
  • A map showing the neighbourhoods around Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    IIED publishes archive on post-quake planning in Haiti

    IIED is marking the ten-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake by publishing an online archive documenting post-disaster community planning work in the city of Port-au-Prince. IIED will also launch a working paper summarising the experience gained in Haiti and host a discussion meeting later this month

    9 January 2020 | News | Policy and planning
  • A woman sitting on steps, with colourful handkerchiefs arranged in front of her

    Towards more inclusive urban health systems for refugee wellbeing

    The British Academy’s Cities and Infrastructure programme funded IIED to work with partners in Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya to undertake research on access to healthcare and other basic services for urban refugees

    5 December 2019 | Project | Poverty
  • Tents in a refugee camp

    Responding to protracted displacement in an urban world

    IIED is leading a study that will compare the experiences of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in cities and camps in four countries – Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Jordan and Kenya

    12 February 2019 | Project | Urban
  • Uganda’s capital city Kampala hosts 98,300 officially registered refugees from 25 countries (Photo: Morgan Schmorgan, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Kampala sets example for how cities can help refugees

    On World Refugee Day Diane Archer looks at how one city in Africa is exploring ways to support its refugee and migrant population

    20 June 2018 | Blog | Urban
  • About 1.5 million Syrians are currently in Lebanon. The influx has added complexity to an already fragile system of water provision (Photo: Loan Diep)

    Water in MENA: ripple effects in times of conflict

    The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been hit by a wave of conflicts and crisis. A new study looks at how to improve resilience of water services in the region

    12 December 2017 | Blog | Urban
  • David Dodman, director of IIED's Human Settlements research group, addresses the conference on urban crises (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Urban crises conference: time to put learning into practice

    An international conference on how best to respond to humanitarian crises in urban areas ended with calls to put research into practice and to improve engagement with local communities

    23 November 2017 | News | Urban
  • Guns handed in at the start of a disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme run by the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Photo: Sophia Paris/UN Photo, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: How to negotiate safe access to gang-ruled neighbourhoods in areas of urban crises

    In the latest issue of Environment & Urbanization, Moritz Schuberth examines the added difficulties humanitarian actors face when dealing with crises in urban neighbourhoods ruled by gangs. Schuberth studied the neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake to find out how agencies can deliver the most effective response

    15 November 2017 | Article | Urban
  • A street in Beirut.

    Stronger Cities Initiative

    Urban crises challenge the traditional ways of working for humanitarian organisations. The International Rescue Committee, Norwegian Refugee Council and World Vision worked together to develop a suite of tools and practical guidance notes to promote improved responses to urban crises

    31 May 2017 | Article | Policy and planning
  • The April 2105 Nepal earthquake destroyed more than 500,000 buildings in Kathmandu. There was a huge international aid effort, but reconstruction has been slow (Photo: SIM Central and South East Asia, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Urban Crises Learning Partnerships

    Two learning partnerships have helped IIED to address gaps in knowledge, skills and understanding among national and international humanitarian actors and local and national governments, in order to provide a better basis on which to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises in urban areas

    11 May 2017 | Project | Urban
  • Lebanon is hosting one million Syrian refugees, and around half of them are children. Most families live in makeshift shelters; some rent half-built apartments, sharing with two or three families (Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development, Creative Commons via Wikipedia)

    Coping with forced displacement: lessons from cities

    People forced to leave their homes are often displaced for many years, and most end up in urban areas. So how can host cities become more resilient while managing such crises? A meeting last week shared learning from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, reports Diane Archer

    11 May 2017 | Blog | Urban
  • Temporary settlements in Kirtipur, Nepal, which was devastated by earthquakes in 2015 (Photo: Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed)

    Cash transfers in urban crises: do they work for women?

    Twenty months on from the earthquakes in Nepal, new research will examine whether cash transfers are helping women to participate in, and contribute to, the Kathmandu Valley's local economy

    8 March 2017 | Blog | Gender
  • An image of a crowd of members of the USaid Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) team rescue a teen in the Gongabu, Kathmandu District, five days after the Nepal earthquake in April 2015 (Photo: USaid, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Collaborations in urban humanitarian response – introducing the Global Alliance for Urban Crises

    The way we prepare for and react to humanitarian crises in towns and cities will be enhanced by a more collaborative approach

    31 May 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • An image of a deserted and war-torn street in Aleppo. Four years of fighting have left much of the Syrian city in ruins. The UN recently warned that up to 300,000 people could be left without food if the last flight route into eastern Aleppo is cut (Photo: Freedom House Salaheddin, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Responding to cities under siege

    How can humanitarian programmes improve civilian protection in war besieged cities?

    21 April 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • The Tanah Abang district of the Indonesian capital Jakarta has chronic traffic problems. Attempts to clear informal settlements and street vendors are frequently met with protests (Photo: Ikhlasul Amal, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Ten urban planning principles every humanitarian should know

    As cities are increasingly where humanitarian action responds to crises, can urban planning principles help humanitarians intervene more effectively?

    10 November 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Syria refugees in Lebanon learn how to make fishing nets, a skill which will help them find work along the northern coast (Photo: DFID, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Why urbanisation matters in responding to humanitarian crises

    While the plight of Syrian refugees trying to get to Europe is grabbing attention, far more are living in cities and towns in the region. IIED hosted a recent workshop to look at how their needs can be best met

    15 September 2015 | Blog | Urban
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