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Institutional Capacity, Climate Change Adaptation and the Urban Poor

The urban poor frequently live in the most hazardous urban locations - at risk from many environmental hazards and extreme events and vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Reducing this vulnerability requires effective urban governance, involving municipal authorities, national governments, utility providers and civil society organisations. This article considers the role of these stakeholders in combining support for climate change adaptation and improving the social, physical and economic wellbeing of low-income urban residents. In particular, the article argues for the development and application of specific tools, methods and approaches to deliver pro-poor adaptation. Relevant case studies and examples are used to show that climate change adaptation requires solutions based in improved institutional capacity and better urban governance - and that if properly applied, this can help to meet the broader needs of the urban poor.

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  • External: X00014
  • Published: Sep 2008 - Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
  • Theme: Urban
  • Source pub: IDS Bulletin
  • Journal ref: Vol 39, No. 4
  • Language: English

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Dodman, D. and D. Satterthwaite (2008). "Institutional Capacity, Climate Change Adaptation and the Urban Poor." IDS Bulletin 39:4. pages 67-74

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IIED is working to understand and reduce the climate change risks, vulnerabilities and impacts that are increasing in urban environments throughout the world. By working alongside urban residents and city governments, many of whom are already taking steps to reduce these risks, we can help strengthen their actions, share knowledge and integrate this risk reduction with other priorities.

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