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Community based solutions linking adaptation and development webinar

Tuesday 5 November 14:00-15:00 CET

This webinar focused on how community based approaches can strengthen urban resilience while supporting socio-economic development, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable groups.

Diane Archer from IIED discussed the role of community-driven development initiatives and their potential for supporting resilience building and disaster risk reduction. Download her presentation

Shiraz Wajih from Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group shared an example of community based disaster risk reduction from Gorakhpur and discuss how other cities can replicate this approach. Download his presentation



      Diane Archer, Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK

      Diane Archer is a Researcher in the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London. Her area of focus is urban climate resilience in Asia, working with local researchers and practitioners. Previously Diane was based at the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) in Thailand, supporting community-driven housing and infrastructure upgrading across Asian cities.


          Shiraz Wajih, President, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), Gorakhpur, India

          Dr Shiraz Wajih is a development professional working as researcher, directing projects,for the last 35 years. He is associated with Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group ( since its inception and is currently President of the organization. He is also Associate Professor in University College. He has directed several projects related to issues like Sustainable Livelihoods, Natural Resource Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and livelihood resilience etc. Shiraz has been engaged in various research and studies related to these issues and has published several papers. 


            Further reading

            For further information regarding community-driven processes of development presented by Diane Archer please see the following: