Meeting the Urban Challenge: Adapting humanitarian efforts to an urban world

Ramalingam, B. and Knox Clarke, P.
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Date published
11 Jul 2012
Conference, training & meeting documents
Accountability and Participation, Accountability to affected populations (AAP), Development & humanitarian aid, Urban

This document provides an overview of current thinking and emerging good practice related to humanitarian action in an urban environment. It is based on the discussions held at the 27th Meeting of the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) Meeting the Urban Challenge and on a review of recent literature on humanitarian responses to urban crises. It considers how the nature of urban space and of urban populations influences disasters in cities; it outlines how the humanitarian community is adapting to address the challenges posed by urban areas; and it proposes some ‘next steps’ for the humanitarian community.