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.



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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