Voices for Action is a community engagement on vulnerability and solutions to food and nutrition insecurity among women and children in the Maasai Community, Kajiado, Kenya. Project aim and objectives...read more
This is a five year phased research project, implemented in partnership with Concern Worldwide. The project aims to develop and empirically test a set of emergency indicators for an urban slum environment. The project will define indicators of urban emergencies suitable for triggering a humanitarian response.
This work will feed into a larger movement in Kenya to identify such indicators as well as fill a critical knowledge and information gap that currently prevents humanitarian actors from effectively and equitably responding to the emergency needs of the urban poor. The first one-year phase of the study was in 2010/2011 in two informal settlements in Nairobi. This was followed by the current phase of the study being implemented in four informal settlements in Nairobi, one informal settlement in Kisumu and one formal settlement in Nairobi. The third phase is expected to begin in November 2012.
The project aims to develop and empirically test indicators of urban emergencies suitable for triggering humanitarian response and understand coping mechanisms of the urban poor to emergencies.