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Session 12

Local climate solutions in cities: applying the LLA principles in slums and informal settlements

04 Oct. / 9:00 - 10:30

Hosted by
SDI and Cities Alliance

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Organised communities of the urban poor are implementing local climate solutions in cities across the global South. Faced daily with the effects of climate change – ranging from floods to fires to food insecurity and more, urban poor communities are working with each other, local government and other stakeholders to address climate change from the ground up. Using tools such as community-driven risk mapping and assessment, climate action stakeholder forums, development of city and settlement climate policies and action plans, and the establishment of city funds to access climate finance at the local level, urban poor communities are applying the LLA principles to address climate where it counts. Join us as we explore how to scale up some of these initiatives.

Slum Dwellers International (SDI)  is a transnational social movement of the urban poor that brings together many thousands of slum dwellers in roughly 20 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. SDI-affiliated urban poor federations comprise thousands of the most vulnerable women, men, and children who are mobilized around dynamic saving schemes networked at the settlement, city, and national levels to drive a collective, bottom-up change agenda for inclusive and resilient cities and to influence global development agendas.

Cities Alliance is the global partnership fighting urban poverty and promoting the role of cities. To help achieve these goals, the Cities Alliance promotes long-term programmatic approaches that support national and local governments to develop appropriate policy frameworks, strengthen local skills and capacity, undertake strategic city planning, and facilitate investment.

Funding Partners

CARE International works in 100 countries, helping millions of the world’s poorest people find routes out of poverty and achieve social justice.
Global Resilience Partnership (GRP)
GRP is an inclusive and diverse partnership of organisations joining forces towards a world where vulnerable people and places are able to thrive in the face of shocks, uncertainty and change.
Climate Justice Resilience Fund
CJRF builds voice and power in the communities hit first by climate change. To survive and thrive on a warming planet they need voice, power, and the opportunity to innovate. CJRF helps these communities create and share their own solutions for resilience.
Irish Aid
Irish Aid invest in research that builds evidence on how poor people and countries can best adapt, reduce risk, and build their resilience to withstand future set-backs and disasters.
Practical Action
Practical Action works with communities to develop ingenious solutions in agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. Then we share what’s proven to work with others, so many more people can change their world.
Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO)
GAYO is a youth-led gender-balanced advocacy organisation who work directly with local communities to reduce the vulnerability of groups that are at risk to climate impacts, through youth empowerment, skills development and public education.
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
IIED is an international policy and action research organisation delivering solutions to sustainable development challenges. Working with partners across the globe, IIED links local priorities to global challenges.