The workshop is hosted by the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) – an NGO working on urban poverty and development based in Dar-es-Salaam – in collaboration with Ardhi University, and the University College London Department of Planning Unit (DPU). The purpose of the meeting is to present findings of the field research which was conducted by CCI in collaboration with the Tanzania Federation of the Urban Poor to assess the impacts of environmental risks and everyday and small scale disasters on people living in informal settlements and how to influence policy and community action on addressing these risks. The study was implemented in two settlements: Bonde la Mpunga, in the municipality of Kinondoni and Mtambani in the municipality of Ilala. The study addressed the following key questions:
- What are low-income women, men and children’s experiences of environmental risks in urban areas and how are they detrimentally impacted by the stresses and shocks of environmental burdens?
- What metrics can be applied by local-level decision-makers to measure the burdens arising from of these risks so that they can make informed planning decisions? How can these metrics feed into on-going initiatives to measure urban resilience in Dar es Salaam and beyond?
- What methods of working collaboratively between communities and other local-level decision-makers could ensure that the necessary data is systematically collected and acted on?