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  • Reply to: Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies   3 days 19 hours ago

    A good example of how to retrofit buildings and improve the quality of life in the wake of a natural disaster is Greensburg, Kansas. When the Tornado wiped out the town in 2007, the government (local, state, and national) came together and rebuilt the town smartly. They installed solar panels, wind farms, and built new structures to withstand tornado-strength winds from destructive weather systems. The town is much better prepared should another disaster strike the town. Seeing articles like this one, http://texasstormwatch.com/2018/10/numerous-tornado-reports-from-tuesdays-system.html , makes me more motivated than ever!

  • Reply to: Success when we deemed it failure? Revisiting sites and services 20 years later   6 days 1 hour ago

    As an urban designer I agree 100% with your findings. There was a similar successful scheme in Miritini, Mombasa City, Kenya. Today it is a built up vibrant , mixeduse community where more than 20 years there was only empty serviced land. It was an organic growth that was homegrown and driven by both local and wide consumer demand. Sadly World Bank seems to have forgotten all about site ad services and is now preaching affordable homes as engines for economic growth. Any affordable housing business model should include site and services as one of its tactics of delivery.

  • Reply to: Securing land rights for all is key to building disaster-resilient communities   1 week 6 days ago
    Thank you for your comment. The World Bank is a financial institution that primarily offers credits and loans to its borrowing member governments. The World Bank is owned by 189 countries of the world including Malawi. Over the past 5 years, the World Bank’s financial support for disaster risk management (DRM) investments, institutional strengthening, and policy have averaged over US$5 billion dollars a year. This includes support channeled through community-based development approaches often supported or led by NGOs. Following disasters, the World Bank often mobilizes specialists and resources days after the disaster event at a government’s request. 
  • Reply to: Securing land rights for all is key to building disaster-resilient communities   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Problem with wb is process to provide suport is too long but DRM needs quick action directly to the community. How best can this be resolved? Is there direct support to local NGOs working in informal settlement?

  • Reply to: Here’s what everyone should know about waste   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Advocates and activists can play a role in proposing to local governments allocations of more budget for proper waste management plans specifically- plastics . Sustainable waste management can become a route to job creation especially in low incoming countries.
    “Better Waste Management : avenue for success with less “