Disaster Response

Disaster Response
What six countries can tell us about how to recover from disaster.
Christopher Swope July 26, 2017
The sector’s key handbook is being revised to offer guidance on what actions aid agencies and others should take in cities.
Pamela Sitko May 30, 2017
Scorecard offers local leaders strategies to reduce disaster-related risk.
Brendon Bosworth May 29, 2017
National governments have authorized the creation of a voluntary fund to support UN-Habitat’s rapid deployment.
Gregory Scruggs May 22, 2017
“Hardly any cities actually take risk into perspective,” said one expert.
Brendon Bosworth May 22, 2017
It’s time for cities to use predictive modeling to save lives and property, author Robert Muir-Wood says.
Christopher Swope May 18, 2017
A 'first date' for two groups that share much in common when it comes to building resilient cities.
Christopher Swope May 12, 2017
A country where earthquakes frequently turn towns to ruins has become an accidental laboratory for different approaches to rebuilding after a disaster.
Simone d'Antonio December 16, 2016

The World Habitat Awards selected a dozen finalists with innovative approaches to sheltering and employing poor urban populations. 

November 3, 2016

Millions of people could be spared from poverty, and billions of dollars saved, if cities devote more attention to resilience, the World Bank says. 

October 15, 2016
The deadly spread of Ebola in West Africa and the prolonged earthquake-recovery efforts in Haiti were a wake-up call for the international community: They must find a more effective way to tackle humanitarian crises in urban settings.
May 25, 2016
Officials say disaster will have no impact on preparations for October’s urbanization conference.
Gregory Scruggs April 25, 2016
Next year, the World Humanitarian Summit and Habitat III will offer a key opportunity to build a partnership between urban experts and humanitarians.
Lucy Earle March 30, 2016
The world’s most dangerous active volcano sits close to Ecuador’s capital.
Gregory Scruggs February 19, 2016
New Urban Agenda is key opportunity to bridge longstanding divide between development and humanitarian aims, advocates tell Urban Thinkers Campus participants.
Carey L. Biron February 15, 2016
When disaster struck, social media and a Google spreadsheet became essential tools for organizing community help.
Patralekha Chatterjee January 21, 2016
By tapping Habitat III process, initiative aims for collaboration between humanitarian groups, local authorities and city planners to broaden post-disaster urban response.
Carey L. Biron October 23, 2015
Since a tragic dam release flooded the Indian city in 2006, early warning systems have been implemented to make sure it won't happen again.
Patralekha Chatterjee September 3, 2015
After a devastating earthquake, some innovative urban development work is going on in Haiti’s capital.
Flavie Halais July 2, 2015

A nonprofit aids humanitarian efforts by digitally mapping the location of hospitals and schools, according to the Rockefeller Foundation. 

June 24, 2015
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