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Global Urban Crisis Partnership - WHS urban recommendations DRAFT 30 June 2015

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Recognize the nature, scale and complexity of urban crisis

Emergency interventions must recognize the specificity of urban crises and that they require a ailored response than is currently practiced. Complex urban crises demand multi-scale, multi-faceted, crosssector based approaches well beyond traditional humanitarian and development boundaries. As such local actors, development agencies and humanitarian responders, should:

a) Identify the most at-risk cities and take steps to strengthen urban resilience. This means building from below, with local actors leading the response, and international actors playing a supportive role.

b) Establish a ‘trigger’ for urban response, similar to the protocols put in place for a Level 3 crisis, that sets in motion a systems approach, backed up by city-level analysis, use of existing data and involvement of local actors and urban expertise.

c) Adopt area-based approaches to programming and coordination that are adapted and appropriate, identifying and building on existing city systems.

d) Foster collaboration between city, humanitarian and development actors so that all are contributing to assessment and strategic frameworks for recovery.