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Meeting the urban challenge: Adapting humanitarian efforts to an urban world

Working papers

Written by Ben Ramalingam, Paul Knox-Clarke

​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.
Ramalingam, B. and Knox Clarke, P.