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Urban ARK 2: African urbanisation: Implications for risk accumulation and reduction

The extent to which cities in Africa face climate change and natural hazard related disaster risks is shaped by much more than just their exposure to hazard. Past and current patterns of urban growth and development have shaped the context of risk in multiple ways. The economies, spatial form, societies, and governance of African cities all create the circumstances in which particular threats turn into disasters. By taking these underlying circumstances more fully into account, policy makers and planners can intervene in ways that will reduce risk to cities and their inhabitants.

This brief is based on the paper: Dodman, D., Colenbrander, S., Leck, H., and Rusca, M, (2016). African Urbanisation and Urbanism: Implications for risk accumulation and reduction, Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge Working Paper No. 10 (http://pubs.iied.org/X00159/)

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  • IIED code: G04116
  • Published: Jan 2017 - Urban ARK
  • Area: Africa
  • Theme: Urban
  • Source pub: Implications for risk accumulation and reduction, Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge Working Paper No. 10
  • Language: English

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Urban Africa Risk Knowledge is an international research and capacity building programme focusing on risk reduction in sub-Saharan African cities.

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