The Global Alliance for Urban Crises (‘the Alliance’), constituting close to 100 members from different constituencies including UN, INGOs, academia, private sector, professional networks, seeks to change practice on the ground and provide a platform to share current evidence and knowledge across members, in order to better prevent, prepare for, and respond to urban crisis. Recent research by IIED underscores the urgent need for better urban crisis response: organisations who were part of the Haiti response 10 years ago would respond in similar ways had the crisis happened today. This despite the Haiti case commonly being recognised as a humanitarian failure. In other words, not much learning has taken place, and little progress has been achieved, on urban crisis response.
Urban-A is carrying out a consultative process on behalf of the Alliance to facilitate the elaboration of a new strategy for the Alliance for the next four-year period to maximize its value-added through systemic impact of how cities are understood and responded to. The process involves scenario planning workshops and consultations, building of the information collected through a series of field missions in 2019 to different crises-affected countries (Lebanon, Somalia, Uganda, Tunisia / Libya). This will inform the structure and workings of the Alliance, including organisational strengthening through developing a log-frame, operational plan, resource mobilisation strategy, pilot of process for internal anchoring of the Alliance’s work in member organisations and plans for external communications and advocacy.