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Directory of Emerging Urban Learning

Welcome to the Directory of Emerging Urban Learning!

This directory has been created to help connect researchers and practitioners with common interests and activities. It includes a range of ongoing research, pilots, and learning groups addressing some aspect of urban humanitarian response.

You can scroll through the different entries in the directory below, or use the searchable function of the table to search for something in particular - for example 'Nairobi' or 'food security'.

We hope you find the directory useful! If you have an ongoing learning activity you'd like to add to the directory please write to us at alnap@alnap.org

Project title Description Organisation Location Type
Best Practices for Civil-Military Collaboration in Humanitarian Crisis in Mega Cities Centre for the Study of Civil-Military Operations, U.S. Military Academy Research
City Resilience Profiling Tool: An adaptable urban system model suitable for all human settlements. Applicable in all human settlements regardless of size, culture, geography or economy, the City Resilience Profiling Tool must be ubiquitous, and must produce validated, ‘auditable’ data reducing ambiguity and informing planning, development and management decision-making. UN-HABITAT Research
Cohort Livelihoods and Risk Analysis guidance and tool The CLARA guidance is a set of four steps to capture gender-based violence (GBV) risks associated with livelihoods, as well as potential risks arising from programs in response to crises. The Women’s Refugee Commission The first CLARA pilot was undertaken in Kurdistan Region of Iraq with Oxfam. Two additional pilots will be conducted. Pilot
Dar Ramani Huria (Dar Open Map) Dar Ramani Huria is a community-based mapping project in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Dar Ramani Huria (which is Swahili for “Dar Open Map”) is training teams of local university students and community members from throughout Dar Es Salaam to use OpenStreetMap to create sophisticated and highly-accurate maps of Dar es Salaam. These neighbourhoods (known as wards) were selected because the are the most flood-prone areas of the city. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, World Bank, GFDRR, American Red Cross, ICRC, Tanzania Open Data Initiative, Buni, COSTECH, University of Dar Es Salaam, Ardhi University, Dar Es Salaam City Council Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Tools/Guidance
Ebola in Cities Initiative Four short issue papers on the experience of urban-specific challenges and lessons from the West Africa Ebola response. ALNAP Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Research
Food Security and Livelihoods in Urban Settings Working Group Global Food Security Cluster Worldwide Learning Group
Global Alliance for Urban Crises The Global Alliance for Urban Crises is a global, multi-disciplinary and collaborative community of practice. It is a ‘network of networks’ working to prevent, prepare for and effectively respond to humanitarian crises in urban settings. Global Learning Group
Identification Practices in Urban Humanitarian Response This research consists of an evidence synthesis on identification practices in urban humanitarian response as part of the Humanitarian Evidence Programme. Oxfam, Tufts University Research
IIED/IRC Urban Crises Programme The Urban Crises Programme, through research, advocacy and learning, is focused on ensuring that a diverse range of actors have knowledge, skills and understanding to respond effectively to urban humanitarian crisis, and are operating in an enabling policy environment which recognises the specificity of urban crises. IIED, IRC and DFID Global Research
Improving Humanitarian Actor’s Capacity to Respond to Urban Crises The project is a two-year initiative aimed at producing simple, effective and scalable tools and guidance through a series of light-touch engagement, piloting and analyses in the areas of urban context analysis, stakeholder coordination, client-feedback mechanisms, and integrated approaches. International Rescue Committee (IRC) Research
Indicator Development for the Surveillance of Urban Emergencies (IDSUE) IDSUE’s objectives are to identify key metrics and thresholds to fill the knowledge gap which inhibits humanitarian actors from effectively responding to emerging crises in urban areas. Concern Worldwide Kenya Research
Innovative practices in removing barriers and improving accessibility A Publication for CBM to gather lessons learned and practices on accessibility both in the context of emergency and post-disaster reconstruction (Nepal, Haiti and Philippines) and local inclusive development (Nigeria, Madagascar). CBM Nepal, Haiti, Philippines, Nigeria, Madagascar Research
MAP Cartagena Mapeo de Asentamientos Precarios (MAP) - Mapping Informal Settlements in Colombia Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, TECHO Colombia Pilot
Partnering with the Church in Urban Communities Collecting case studies and lessons on working with the church and their networks within the urban context. Tearfund Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Philippines, UK, China, Myanmar, Brazil and India Research
Ready to Respond This innovative project aims to increase the ability of individuals and organisations involved in humanitarian action to prepare for and respond to emergencies, especially in urban centres. RedR Global Tools/Guidance
Reducing Relocation Risk in Urban Areas The research examines the various social and economic implications of climate-risk related resettlement and relocation policies in cities across three continents. It seeks to understand the political, economic and institutional contexts in which resettlement takes place; the costs and benefits of resettlement from both the government and individual’s perspective; and how resettlement impacts people’s well-being and resilience over different time frames. The research will compare approaches and identify which policies and practices for climate-related resettlement deliver the most beneficial outcomes. The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) at UCL, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), the Latin American Social Science Faculty (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO), and Makerere University. Uganda, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and India Research
Resilience by Design Cartagena Architecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK), and Fundación por la Educación Multidimensional (FEM) are working together over the next 2 years to assist 22 local communities living in the beach/mangrove ecosystem of Cartagena, Colombia to each produce a Plan Administrativo del Territorio (PAT, Territorial Management Plan) for their individual settlement. Architecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK), and Fundación por la Educación Multidimensional (FEM) Cartagena, Colombia Pilot
Strengthening Resilience to Disasters Among Vulnerable Urban Poor Communities in Metro Manila The project aligns with CDP’s ongoing urban DRRM projects, this time focusing on children and youth as among the most at risk groups. Plan International, Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) Four barangays in Quezon City, three barangays in Valenzuela City and three barangays in San Juan City, the Philppines Tools/Guidance
Strengthening Urban Communities’ Capacities to Endure Severe Shocks (SUCCESS) The main objective of the project is to increase the DRRM capacity of 15 barangays across 4 dioceses (Manila, Malolos, Antipolo, and Kalookan) through community-based DRRM. USAID, Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Manila, Kalookan, Antipolo and Malolos - Philippines Tools/Guidance
The organizational and spatial dynamics of Haitian post-disaster reconstruction A study on how diverse organisations prioritised and engaged with the reconstruction of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. This project also researched the ways in which organizations established spatial priorities in their reconstruction efforts. Harvard University Graduate School of Design Haiti Research
Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) This research initiative aims to tackle disaster risk in urban Africa by studying the interaction of environmental hazards in areas with poor housing and marginalised communities and to break the cycles by which vulnerability and the incapacity to cope with hazards accrue in society. King's College London, University College London, University of Cape Town (UCT), Mzuzu University, University of Ibadan, Abdou Moumouni University, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Arup, UN-HABITAT, Save the Children and International Alert Niamey (Niger), Dakar (Senegal), Karonga (Malawi), Ibadan (Nigeria), Nairobi and Mombasa (Kenya) Research
Urban Displacement & Out of Camp (UDOC) This CCCM desk review on outside camp contexts aims to explore how CCCM resources and experiences of camp-like and camp-based responses can be applied to respond to the needs of displaced populations outside camps, in particular in urban environment. CCCM Cluster Global Pilot
Urban Refugee Education Research A research project on Urban Refugee Education Policy and Practice Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, USA) Several Locations Research
Urban Situational Analysis Tool The tool is aimed at practitioners and program design teams to assist in planning urban projects and programs in the context of urban poverty, inequality and vulnerability. Save the Children, The Urban Institute Pilot sites in Bangladesh and China Research
Urban Systems and Stakeholders Understanding urban systems and stakeholders and sharing guidance on what this understanding can bring to humanitarian response. ALNAP Research
Using the Sphere Standards in Urban Settings – Guidance for humanitarian practitioners Recognising the need to respond to calls from within the humanitarian sector to review existing standards with regard to their relevance for urban response, the Sphere Project is developing a Sphere guide for urban response. The Sphere Project Geneva Tools/Guidance