This agenda aims to break cycles of urban risk by bringing together science and policy actors to produce knowledge and action
Sub-Saharan Africa’s rapid urbanisation presents an enormous opportunity to plan and manage more resilient and sustainable towns and cities. Decision-makers and risk managers at all levels are rising to the challenge. But they need better information on urban risk and its reduction and more action at the local level. There is a need to bring together the public health and disaster risk management fields to tackle the spectrum of different risks.
Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK), based in 9 cities across sub-Saharan Africa, aims to break cycles of urban risk accumulation by bringing together science and policy actors in the production of knowledge and action – an approach we call ‘co-production’.
The cities are Ibadan (Nigeria), Karonga (Malawi), Nairobi (Kenya), and Niamey (Niger), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Mombasa (Kenya), Dakar (Senegal), and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
This is an output from the Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) programme
Brown, D., Leck, H., Pelling, M., and Johnson, C. 2016. Urban Africa: Risk Knolwedge - A research agenda, Urban ARK Policy Brief 1.