The previous ACFID Shelter Reference Group (SRG) has now been replaced by the ACFID Urban Community of Practice (Urban CoP). The group provides a mechanism for Australian agencies working in urbanisation to share information, encourage innovative practice and engage in policy dialogue and advocacy to strengthen sustainable urban development in the Asia Pacific region.
Urban CoP members work across a range of areas including WASH, shelter and housing, shelter in emergencies, disaster risk reduction, gender equality and social inclusion, and community engagement. The Urban CoP is an official ACFID Community of Practice. The ACFID Urban CoP is co-convened by Australian Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity Australia and has representation from many other agencies, private sector organisations and academic institutions.
Pacific Island Towns and Cities: A resilience agenda for urbanisation and urban growth in Pacific Island Countries
This paper provides an outline of the unique challenges of urbanisation and urban growth in the Pacific. It provides a detailed understanding of why it is important to address Pacific island urbanisation and urban growth, its unique features and a focus on informal settlements; and practical recommendations for relevant stakeholders on how to build urban resilience in Pacific towns and cities.
This paper was produced by the ACFID’s Urban Community of Practice and complements the case study “What Does Neighbourhood Level Urban Resilience Look Like In Honiara”.
What Does Neighbourhood Level Urban Resilience Look Like In Honiara?
Using a case study of two informal settlements in Honiara, Solomon Islands, this research aims to identify and understand what neighbourhood level resilience looks like in order to support local capacity to prepare for and respond to extreme events.
This paper was produced by the ACFID’s Urban Community of Practice and complements the policy paper “Pacific Island Towns and Cities”.