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A city-specific focus on local and international collaboration: Tacloban, Ormoc and Palo (the Philippines); Medellín (Colombia); Juba (South Sudan)

As urban disasters increase in frequency, collaboration with local partners who understand the context is becoming an essential part of the response. However, the ways to initiate programmes and build partnerships in this complex environment remain unclear. This qualitative study interviewed 44 actors working on urban disaster in three settings; post-Typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban City, Ormoc City, and Palo municipality in the Philippines, displacement in Medellin, Colombia, and conflict in Juba, South Sudan. The aim was to explore what is understood by a local actor, and seek urban-specific challenges to response in the current collaboration landscape.

This companion piece to the working paper ‘Local and international collaboration in urban humanitarian responses: Perspectives from the Philippines, Colombia and South Sudan’ provides international actors with site-specific, actionable recommendations for improving collaboration in each setting.

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Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises.

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Urban Crises Learning Fund

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