Urban response

An EU humanitarian worker walks through an empty earthquake-hit street in Croatia.
Photo: © European Union, 2021 / Lisa Hastert | CC BY NC ND 2.0

Humanitarian responses in urban environments are often complex and full of challenges.

In urban settings the risk of destruction, loss of assets and human life is often higher than in rural areas. The world has rapidly urbanised over past decades. Cities continue to grow and the proportion of humanitarian responses in urban settings is likely to increase.

Here we aim to provide agencies currently engaged in, or planning a response to an urban humanitarian crisis, with resources about urban humanitarian response, urban preparedness and early recovery.

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What is context? Why does it matter for urban humanitarians?

In this video, former ALNAP researcher Leah Campbell explores the importance of understanding the context of an urban crisis, and looks at the different ways it can impact on humanitarian programming.

Additional resources

Three things urban humanitarians can learn from six blind men and an elephant

Urban response portal

The Urban Humanitarian Response Portal is a global site to share knowledge on urban humanitarian crises.

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