• Monday 17 Oct 2016
  • Inclusive cities: Community-driven solutions to urban risk management

    Networking Events
    Venue: R7
    Lead Organization:
    • American Red Cross International Services.
    Partner Organizations:
    • Ecuadorian Red Cross EVA Studio French Red Cross Habitat For Humanity Haiti Red Cross IFRC Kenya Red Cross MIT Urban Risk Lab Slum Dwellers International Tanzania Red Cross The World Bank UCLBP,
    • Haiti UNICEF Kenya.

    This networking event will convene diverse stakeholders to explore the key elements that make poor urban communities’ self-reliant and resilient and how humanitarian and development actors can support and catalyze this process.  The event will stimulate discussions around how to leverage inherent abilities of communities to develop innovative solutions to address ever-increasing risk of emergent disasters and everyday adversities particularly in informal settings in urban areas. After the keynote speech, the participants at this event are invited to join the discussions on a rotating basis at the following solution tables:

    1. Community-based GIS mapping and building city coalitions for urban flood preparedness (Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania)
    2. Reducing disaster risk and social mobilization in emerging informal settlement areas (Canaan, Haiti).
    3. Role of public spaces in informal settlements in building community resilience and cohesion (Port-au-Prince, Haiti).
    4. Youth engagement in creating safer and inclusive neighborhoods during recovery and urban reconstruction (Ecuador).
    5. Micro-credit approaches to house retrofitting and the overall urban interventions  (Habitat for Humanity)
    6. Harnessing the power of social media to gather, sort, and display information about flooding for Jakarta residents in real time (Jakarta, Indonesia)
    7. Harnessing emerging technologies to serve community-identified needs, particularly to address fire risk in slum areas (Nairobi, Kenya).