On considering climate resilience in urban water security: A review of the vulnerability of the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa

Authors: Catherine Grasham, Marina Korzenevica, Katrina Charles

Climate shock-related water insecurity has a significant impact on poverty, and vice versa, with poor people adversely impacted by different hazards. Many studies have focused on rural communities resulting in a lack of evidence on the vulnerability of urban dwellers.

This paper reviews the literature on the vulnerability of the urban poor to floods, droughts, and cholera in Sub-Saharan Africa. It particularly highlight the structural challenges and systemic inequalities that are increasing the vulnerability of the urban poor including the differential experiences of women and children.

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Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

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