Where there is no local government: addressing disaster risk reduction in a small town in Malawi

Mtafu Zeleza Manda (2014). Where there is no local government: addressing disaster risk reduction in a small town in Malawi. Environment and Urbanization, May 12, 2014.

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) has become a major area of concern in the wake of increasing numbers of disasters. With rapid urbanization, both globally and locally, attention to the challenge of disaster risks has turned to urban settlements, where high densities and settlement patterns can, and do, create vulnerabilities. This paper presents an analysis of the hazards and risks that the town of Karonga in Malawi faces from earthquakes, floods, strong winds and drought, and considers locally appropriate methods to address these. It also discusses the limits of collaborative urban planning in this context, especially in light of the absence of an elected local government. Lessons from Karonga can inform the development of effective DRR mainstreaming tools in countries reliant on external support.

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Publication Type Journal article
Publisher Environment and Urbanization (Sage)
Year 2014
Author(s) Mtafu Zeleza Manda
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