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Ready to Respond: Skills gaps for responding to humanitarian crises in urban settings in the WASH and shelter sectors

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This paper has been commissioned by RedR to identify gaps in skills, technology, and knowledge in urban humanitarian response in order to inform RedR’s project Ready to Respond which is looking to address these gaps in two specific areas:

  1. Water supply, sanitation, and hygiene
  2. Shelter response to earthquakes

The report begins by considering the nature of the urban environment, the rural bias of Aid Agencies, and the differences between urban and rural contexts. It then considers the skills, technology, and knowledge gaps in the two specific areas of interest before examining what RedR could do.