Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Current issue: Towards more effective humanitarian response in urban areas

This issue of Environment and Urbanization explores the growing field of humanitarian activity in urban areas of the global South. The papers showcase current and emerging thinking around urban humanitarian methods, from working in consortia (as in Eastern India) to area-based approaches. While certain methods are proving more effective and participatory than old models, some aspects of urban post-disaster aid lack easy solutions. For instance, humanitarian organizations in urban Haiti face the difficult question of whether they should work with armed gangs, and risk losing moral credibility, or sidestep armed groups, and risk losing access to areas of need. Overall, the issue underlines the importance of working with community organizations and locally embedded groups.


Book notes

This paper explores the faith context of displacement and settlement for the Sikh and Christian Afghan refugees and Muslim Rohingya refugees in Delhi. It examines the foundation of community faith-based organizations (FBOs) and secular humanitarian initiatives that have emerged from within the refugee communities, and explores wider refugee interactions with local faith communities (LFCs) and other FBOs.

Following the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Tamil Nadu lost about 8,000 people, and the lives and livelihoods of over 897,000 families were affected. In 2015, Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, was brought to a standstill by floods that killed 289 people, left 1,000 injured, and damaged property and livelihoods worth US$ 2.2 billion. These extreme events and others, such as the 2003–04 drought and the 2016 cyclones, mobilized humanitarian action from a range of actors in Chennai.

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