The Nairobi Risk Hub Secretariat (African Centre for Technology Studies -ACTS), Nairobi City County Government (NCCG), the Africa Research and Impact Network and partners from Kenya and UK are jointly implementing the Multihazard project under the Tomorrow’s Cities, which is a 5-year project funded by the UK Research and Innovations (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to help reduce disaster risks for the poor in tomorrow’s cities and to embed disaster risk management into urban planning by integrating resilience against extreme events, https://tomorrowscities.org/. The Nairobi Urban Risk Hub was launched on 6th May 2019 during which an official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ACTS & the Nairobi City County Government (NCCG) was signed. This formalized a collaborative engagement aimed at shifting the focus of hazard management in Nairobi city from a crisis/emergency response to integrated disaster management and urban planning system, and the resultant reduction of risks towards achieving sustainable development in Nairobi.
As a delivery and impact pathway and a strategy to create a direct linkage between research, policy, and impact among the urban poor, the hub will facilitate CBOs in DRR dialogues and discussions monthly. This will bring together CBOs has drawn from Kibera, Mukuru, Mathare Valley, and Korogocho and will culminate into quarterly dialogues with NGOs, Nairobi City County, and DRR stakeholders.
Objectives of the monthly community dialogues:
- To assess the participants’ understanding of Multihazard & disaster risk reduction (DRR) in their CBOs and informal settlement
- To identify capacity building gaps in Multihazard & DRR among the CBOs
- To explore the role of gender mainstreaming and intersectionality on DRR in communities
- To facilitate horizontal knowledge sharing between the CBOs, NGOs, and the county government on DRR
- To build a network of Community Based Multihazard & Disaster Risk Reduction Champions in Nairobi City
- An inventory and database of CBOs in Nairobi informal settlements with accompanying programs they undertake to promote DRR in the informal settlements in Nairobi City
- Enhanced capacity on Multihazard and DRR among the CBOs in the informal settlements in Nairobi City
- A network of Multihazard and DRR champions (Community of Practice) in the informal settlements in Nairobi City to be linked to city processes and beyond.
- Gender analysis toolkit for community-based Multihazard and DRR organizations in informal settlements.
- Multihazard and DRR diaries and newsletter.