The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Grassroots insights into urban risk and resilience

This research project forges interdisciplinary pathways to resilience with communities in Dar es Salaam.

Dar es Salaam

5 November 2020

Informal settlements face many risks, often rooted in poor-quality shelter, inadequate services, and unresponsive local governance. These challenges are usually tackled in sectoral silos without the voices or knowledge of the residents themselves. This collaborative research project led by IIED forges interdisciplinary pathways to resilience with communities in Dar es Salaam. UK-based interdisciplinary researchers from IIED and DPU are working with the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) and the Tanzania Urban Poor Federation (TUPF) to examine multiple risks in informal settlements, including secondary data-analysis and additional participatory action research in Dar es Salaam.

While focusing on inadequate sanitation and solid waste management, the team’s analysis will encourage intersectoral strategies and create a platform for inclusive, co-produced interventions with government actors to foster resilience to multiple risks. It will promote local buy-in as well as broader replicability by using the partners’ existing networks, novel communications outputs, and South-South learning opportunities.

For further information, please visit: https://www.iied.org/grassroots-insights-urban-risk-resilience 


British Academy Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 2020



Anna Walnycki, (Principal Investigator, IIED)

Alice Sverdlik (Co-Investigator, IIED)

Pascale Hofmann (Co-Investigator, DPU)

Tim Ndezi (Co-Investigator, CCI)

Mwanakombo Mkanga (Co-Investigator, CCI)

Stella Stephens (Co-Investigator, CCI)

Festo Dominic Makoba (Co-Investigator, CCI)