Final Workshop of the Climate Displacement in African Cities Project

From 20-21 August, RWI and Lund University convened the final workshop of the Climate Displacement in African Cities project. The workshop brought together public sector professional working primarily in local government to present and discuss the City Profiles that they have been working on as part of this Public Sector Innovation Programme, supported by the The Swedish Institute.

Over the duration of this initiative, participants have worked in country teams to examine multiple dimensions of climate-related displacement taking place in their cities, with a focus on Kampala (Uganda), Nairobi (Kenya) and Freetown (Sierra Leone). Using the Framework for Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality (FIRE), the programme supported participants to examine factors that contribute to displacement risk, and issues relating to the protection of people who have been displaced by disasters, primarily in informal settlements.

After the workshop, participants will finalize the City Profiles, which will then be published for dissemination within and beyond local government. Participants have also developed an action agenda identifying concrete steps they can take to implement recommendations contained in the City Profiles, and RWI looks forward to ongoing collaboration on this critical issue.

The final workshop was opened by the Lord Mayor of Kampala, who recognised the importance of addressing climate-related displacement in urban contexts, and encouraged participants to work towards practical solutions to the complex challenge.

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