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Developing inclusive governance instruments with local communities in the Global South

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) at UCL has led research partnerships with cities in the Global South to manage risk and create fairer, more sustainable and climate-resilient environments.

International Case studies

13 February 2023

International policy case study

Research title: Developing inclusive governance instruments with local communities in the Global South
Faculty: The Bartlett School of Architecture
Activity: Research
Policy type: International policymaking, policy structures or informal politics; International planning or urban policy; International emergency or risk management
Country/Region: Peru, Malawi, Sierra Leone
Policy partner: Local communities, Non-UK local or regional Governments (non-EU) 


Research partnerships led by The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) with local communities and policy makers have enabled Lima (Peru), Karonga (Malawi) and Freetown (Sierra Leone) to develop inclusive governance instruments such as: participatory-risk-mapping, localised data-based decision-making and community area action planning methodologies capable of delivering more equitable, sustainable and climate resilient outcomes.

Directly, the research has delivered methodological and policy changes, such that local communities and policymakers are able to challenge prevailing insular and reactive responses to urban risk accumulation cycles. Indirectly, it has influenced health and environmental protection practices and inclusive governance, and is informing key stakeholders working on just and resilient urbanisation in the Global South.


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