What it's about:
Better access to community-generated data can help build urban resilience by facilitating collaboration between slum-dwellers and city officials, according to the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network.
In Accra and Cape Town, two cities largely made up of informal settlements, city-wide data has helped strengthen resilience and urban development, Amenee Siahpush and Nse Esema write in a blog for 100RC.
The Know Your City (KYC) campaign, a partnership of international and local organisations, supports slum dwellers to collect data, providing city officials with crucial information about informal settlements, they write.
KYC data can help officials improve their understanding of hazards and risks at neighbourhood level, and give them an insight into informal settlements.
Community partnerships can achieve real change for the world’s slum and informal communities, the authors argue.
Why it's noteworthy:
City authorities must focus on strengthening community engagement if they are to have a real chance of improving the lives of those they are meant to help, urban experts told a Zilient discussion in June.
Communities must be actively involved in discussions on how to make cities safer, and improve housing and transport - ambitions outlined in Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they said.
But a lack of community-level data in many developing countries is hindering progress towards the SDGs.
In some 15 percent of of sub-Saharan African countries, accurate data about demographics and birth rates does not exist, according to Aniket Bhushan of the Canadian International Development Platform.
In a separate Zilient webinar in May, he argued that open data should break out of the constraints of the public sector and filter into civil society.
Community data partnerships, like checkmyschool.org, which encourages parents to submit verified information about school provisions in the Philippines, can be leveraged to help achieve the SDGs, he noted.
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