The impact of climate variability and change across Mozambique and South Africa is neither even nor equal, with informal settlements experiencing significant impacts. Disasters erode individual and household resources, exacerbating underlying drivers like inequality, increasing intersectional vulnerability to climate hazards and adverse events. This project aims to improve risk-informed adaptation planning to reduce the vulnerability of communities and increase their capacity to cope with hazardous events, trends or disturbances. It will include measures to mitigate and avoid hazard impacts in advance as well as plans to manage responses to both acute and protracted hazards. Research will contribute to addressing gaps in knowledge in the governance arrangements, actors and interventions required to adapt to and reduce the impact of climate change in informal settlement settings. The intended users of this research include municipal stakeholders responsible for service provision and infrastructure as well as city dwellers and inhabitants of informal settlements, with an emphasis on the broad inclusion by gender, class and other factors of marginalisation and vulnerability.
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