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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UK Department for International Development Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

'Access to water is a defining challenge for the 21st century. The UK has already helped 43 million people to access clean water, but there is far more to be done.'

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