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Collaborative Resilience Evidence and Action in Cities Characterized by Informality

· Itad, in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), and Slum Dwellers International (SDI).


“When a billion slum dwellers are engaged in the process of defining, planning, monitoring and evaluating resilience we lay the ground for truly transformative contributions to resilience learning and influence.”


Read blogs on the award posted by each of the partner organizations: SDI100RCItad.

The challenge. “Generally, urban frameworks focus primarily on systems, institutions, and policies that deliver resilience, rather than on the agency of people and the resources available to them” (ODI and the RMEL CoP)

The innovation response. To pilot ways to strengthen the connections between city-level resilience planning and slum dwellers, through integrating SDI’s Know Your City data into the 100RC Resilience Strategy development process in Accra and Cape Town.

This pilot demonstrates pathways to support “bottom-up” city resilience planning in a way that is driven by informal and often marginalized groups such as slum dwellers, particularly women. In doing so, it provides insights for other 100RC cities in how to use data and knowledge from informal settlements to inform their resilience strategies. It also deepens relationships between slum communities and city governments, increase understanding of the possibilities for inclusion of informal settlements in a city’s resilience building, and promote appreciation among resilience measurement and monitoring, evaluation, and learning specialists of the value addition that comes from applying community-gathered data to resilience planning, action, monitoring, and evaluation in the urban context.