Urban Resilience to Climate Change Challenges in Africa, PRP 184
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This Policy Research Project examines the capacity of governmental systems to prepare for and respond to climate change and climate-related hazards in a set of large urban areas in Africa. The project gives priority to the role of local government in developing resilience due to its key role in addressing urban vulnerabilities through the provision of local infrastructure and public services, promulgation and regulation of land use and building codes, and other local services that are crucial for effective adaptation to climate change. Although local government capacity in African cities has generally improved in recent decades, the priority for state reform in Africa has been primarily focused on national governments and political legitimacy. While many countries have developed, or are developing, national climate adaptation plans, efforts to systematically address adaptation at the local level frequently face the challenge of collaboration among multiple local government jurisdictions with limited capacity. To investigate local government efforts in building resilience to climate change, this project adopts a comparative case study method examining 10 highly diverse, major African cities: Accra, Ghana; Alexandria, Egypt; Cape Town, South Africa; Casablanca, Morocco; Dakar, Senegal; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kampala, Uganda; Luanda, Angola; and Maputo, Mozambique.
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