DARAJA (Developing Risk Awareness towards Joint Action), or “bridge” in Kiswahili, addresses the vulnerability of informal settlements in Kenya and Tanzania to extreme climate and weather events. Working alongside national meteorological services, city stakeholders, and residents of informal settlements, we are prototyping new products and communications systems for weather and climate information to enable improved decision making and build resilience.
Extreme weather events wreak havoc in informal settlements such as Kibera, with disproportionate impacts on women, children, the elderly, and the less able.
While community members have critical knowledge about coping with these events, information services to help them anticipate risk and build longer-term resilience are not easily accessible or specific to urban climate risks.
KDI, Resurgence, and CCI are working alongside residents, national meteorological services media outlets and technology companies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.
Through workshops, household surveys, and focus group discussions we are seeking to define the current flows of information and the opportunities for innovation.
Building on previous climate risk information work with IDEO.org, we will prototype and test four new climate and weather information services at the settlement and city level.
The information services will come in a series of formats that are accessible to all community members.
Residents of informal settlements in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi will have access to reliable and relevant climate information that enables them to stay safe and minimize risk.
National meteorological services will have new models for reaching a broader set of their beneficiaries that can potentially be used to help reach other vulnerable communities across East Africa.