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Urban crisis response needs a humanitarian sector shake-up

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By Diane Archer
Senior Researcher in the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a research and policy institute in London

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Part of an in-depth series exploring the consequences for the urban poor as the rapid growth of African cities outpaces policy reform

From “natural disasters” causing large-scale destruction, to slow-onset crises such as droughts, through to conflict and persecution, the number of people around the world needing humanitarian assistance is growing – and increasingly, they are found in urban areas.

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