Republic of the Congo: Integrating Urban Resilience into Poor Neighborhood Upgrading Activities in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire

Context and Objectives  

With a population of 4.4 million, 64 per cent of which lives in urban areas, the Republic of Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa. 

Efforts to manage, regulate and facilitate productive and inclusive urbanization have been inhibited by lack of effective urban planning, limited investment, and inadequate institutional capacity of key stakeholders at the national and local levels. This has resulted in a gradual deterioration of the living and working environment in the country’s main urban areas, with urban sprawl and land speculation displacing poor urban residents to areas unsuitable for settlement.

The project will complement the WB-funded Urban Development and Poor Neighborhood Upgrading project, by integrating urban resilience in its design and implementation, and by building capacities/developing tools for central and local governments to be better prepared to disaster risks.


Results
The ACP-EU NDRR project started community-mapping activities on the ground. In addition, two community leaders from Pointe Noire and Brazzaville as well as one government representative have been trained on the basic tools of disaster risk and community mapping.
A first workshop was held in October 2018 with representatives of central and local governments, communities, and civil society organizations to explain the main objectives of the activities. Subsequently, first data sets were collected, verified, and reported on Open Street Map. Communities are engaged in the activities through Local Development Committees, and awareness on urban resilience is spread through for example blog articles and a short clip.

Partnerships and Coordination
The project has been discussed with the EU Delegation in the Republic of Congo. 

Useful Links
A short film on community mapping in poor neighbourhoods in Brazzaville is available here.
 

Region
  • Africa
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $300,000
Duration
  • 12/2017 - 12/2019