Disaster Risk Reduction: Cases from Urban Africa [NOOK Book]


Published with ProVention Consortium, UNDP and UN-Habitat

'This excellent book is essential reading for those concerned with urban risk and its reduction in Africa, the most rapidly urbanizing region of the world.'
Professor Jo Beall, Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics

'At last a book that recognizes the impacts of...
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Published with ProVention Consortium, UNDP and UN-Habitat

'This excellent book is essential reading for those concerned with urban risk and its reduction in Africa, the most rapidly urbanizing region of the world.'
Professor Jo Beall, Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics

'At last a book that recognizes the impacts of disasters on Africa's 350 million urban dwellers, including the many disasters that get overlooked and go unrecorded. But also a book that, through careful case studies, shows what creates disaster risk and what local measures can be taken to address it.'
David Satterthwaite, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

'This innovative volume combines the latest conceptualisations of urban disaster risk and vulnerability with case studies from across the African continent on how existing and innovative information can inform efforts to address the problems. Coverage ranges from the major catastrophes of news headlines to small, everyday disasters with which poor urban residents have to cope in their survival strategies. Written by international authorities and local specialists, this extremely useful book should find a place in the hands of academics and practitioners alike.'
Professor David Simon, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London

This is a one-of-a-kind book packed with original research and offering an innovative way of thinking about the reduction of risk in rapidly urbanizing cities across the globe. It is a must-have for professionals, researchers and policy makers.
The book addresses four inter-related themes critical for urban risk reduction: environment; livehood; urban governance and the generation of urban risks. Its focus is on Africa, the most rapidly urbanizing world region, but it illustrates global processes. Part one reviews development, urbanization and disaster risk in Africa as a whole, identifies state-of-the-art practices and policies for building urban resilience and provides a tool kit for urban risk reduction. It also presents a powerful conceptual framework to analyse and compare disaster risk and resilience in different cities and communities. Part two presents detailed case studies from Algeria, Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa illustrating vulnerability to hazards ranging from earthquake to shack fire, environmental health hazards, traffic hazards and flooding. Part three looks to the future and outlines a vision for a safer urban Africa based on achieving gains in human security through inclusive governance and investment in the creative capacities of Africa's urban dwellers.

With foreword by Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136567988
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Pelling is Reader in Human Geography at King's College London and author of The Vulnerability of Cities (2003). Ben Wisner is retired Professor of Geography and Director of International Studies at CSU at Long Beach, California and is co-editor of Towards a New Map of Africa (2005).

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Table of Contents

List of boxes, figures and tables

Foreword Anna Tibaijuka Tibaijuka, Anna

Pt. I Urbanization and Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa

1 Urbanization, Human Security and Disaster Risk in Africa Mark Pelling Pelling, Mark Ben Wisner Wisner, Ben 3

2 African Cities of Hope and Risk Ben Wisner Wisner, Ben Mark Pelling Pelling, Mark 17

3 Reducing Urban Disaster Risk in Africa Mark Pelling Pelling, Mark Ben Wisner Wisner, Ben 43

Pt. II Case Studies of Urban Disaster Risk in Africa

4 Integrated Disaster Risk and Environmental Health Monitoring: Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana Jacob Songsore Songsore, Jacob J. S. Nahila Nahila, J. S. Yvon Yangyuoru Yangyuoru, Yvon Sebastian Avle Avle, Sebastian E. K. Bosque-Hamilton Bosque-Hamilton, E. K. Paulina E. Amponsah Amponsah, Paulina E. Osman Albassan Albassan, Osman 65

5 Road Traffic Accidents as an Everyday Hazard: Kisii and Kisumu, Kenya Andre Yitambe Yitambe, Andre James Okello Okello, James C. M. Ooko Nguka Nguka, C. M. Ooko Caroline Ochieng Ochieng, Caroline Ana Pena del Valle Valle, Ana Pena del 87

6 Fire Risk in Informal Settlements in Cape Town, South Africa Robyn Pharoah Pharoah, Robyn 105

7 Building Disaster-Resilient Communities: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Robert B. Kiunsi Kiunsi, Robert B. John Lupala Lupala, John Fred Lerise Lerise, Fred Manoris Meshack Meshack, Manoris Benedict Malele Malele, Benedict Ally Namangaya Namangaya, Ally Emanuel Mchome Mchome, Emanuel 127

8 History, Governance and the Millennium Development Goals: Flood Risk Reduction in Saint-Louis, Senegal Khady Diagne Diagne, Khady Abdoulaye Ndiaye Ndiaye, Abdoulaye 147

9 Disaster Risk Reduction in Algiers, Algeria Djillali BenouarBenouar, Djillali Yamina Ait Meziane Meziane, Yamina Ait 169

Pt. III A Vision for a Safer Urban Africa

10 Towards a Safer Urban Future: Conclusions and Recommendations Djillali Benouar Benouar, Djillali Khady Diagne Diagne, Khady Robert Kiunsi Kiunsi, Robert Jacob Songsore Songsore, Jacob Mark Pelling Pelling, Mark Robyn Pharoah Pharoah, Robyn Ben Wisner Wisner, Ben Abdoulaye Ndiaye Ndiaye, Abdoulaye Andre Yitambe Yitambe, Andre 195

Author Biographies 211

Index 215

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