All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG)

Disaster Resilient Schools & Communities for Slum-dweller Children & Women

Climate change

Building Resilience of slum-dweller children & women from developing-countries to climate-change & disaster risks by developing safe schools & communities through community & multi-stakeholder participation.

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All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG)

Pune, State of Maharashtra, India

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Project Summary

Children and women are 14 times more likely to die than men during a disaster. Each year 175 million children world-wide are likely to get affected by disasters. The slum-dweller children are among the most vulnerable as they lack preparedness, coping & adaptive capacities for building disaster risk resilience. Their vulnerability arises at homes and schools. The project will solve the problems by developing ‘Safe Schools’ and Safe Communities through 1)reversing role of these children & women from passive vulnerables to active transformation-agents, 2)capacity building and participatory actions of concerned stakeholders, 3)Establishing sustainability mechanisms at schools, communities and local governments.The project will benefit 6.48 million slum-dwellers from 6 countries from 10800 slums by sustainably building climate change-disaster risk resilience, enable these slums and related 10800 schools become Safe-Communities & Safe-Schools & building capacities of 3600 city government functionaries from 120 cities.

Problem Statement

Slum-dweller populations in general, and children & women in particular, from developing countries are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts & disaster risks. Children’s vulnerability arises within their slums and schools too. The climate change impacts are expected to intensify the issue significantly in coastal & highly vulnerable non-coastal cities. The slums are densely populated and face many hazards. They neither have coping & adaptive capacities nor resources to risk-proof self. Due to traditional gender inequality among the marginalized communities, girls get secondary treatment and women get excluded from related decision making & capacity building.There are no knowledge resources & awareness efforts tailor-made for the slum dwellers considering high illiteracy among them. The schools attended by the slum-children are generally resource-poor, lack requisite knowledge & capacities. None of such schools have develop any disaster risk reduction plans nor have any awareness about it. AIILSG’s innovation synergises all influential ways to effect the change by: •Enabling children to become agents of change in their schools and communities •Enabling schools of slum-dweller children become “Safe Schools” (as envisaged in United Nation’s Sendai Framework for Children)•Enabling the slums become “Safe Communities’ •Utilize ‘Edu-tainment’ (Education + Entertainment) approach through children by demystifying the complex concepts of climate change and disasters & providing simple child friendly visual IEC. •Special emphasis on customized IEC for populations with disabilities•Engagement & capacity building of city-governments & other stakeholders•Initiating ‘Global Movement of Youth for SDG 11”

Solution Overview

The solution, building on AIILSG’s field-proven innovations, will meaningfully contribute by enabling the slum communities become “Safe Communities for Children”, their schools become “Safe Schools”, institutionalizing the role of slum-dweller women as equal decision makers and Master Trainers in DRR, develop customized IEC demystifying DRR through simple visuals, special IEC for populations-with-disabilities, enable upscaling by compiling all resource material on a mobile app and build capacities of city governments and other stakeholders.For understanding the progress, the project will have a customized combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, well defined logical framework analysis system based on the intermediate outcomes and activities defined in the section of ‘Theory of Change’, and manifested in specific objectively-verifiable-indicators. It will have deep and intense impact on slum populations in 120 cities of 6 countries: India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan: Direct beneficiaries: From 10800 slums: Slum-dweller children= 1.29 million, Slum-dweller women= 1.29 million, Slum-dweller populations= 6.48 millionFrom 10800 Schools visited by slum dweller children (Project Schools)= Apart from the slum-dweller children, equal number of non-slum dweller children= 10,800, Staff= 108,000City- governments’ capacities built= from 120 cities, 3600 personnelYouth as SDG 11 Advocates= per city 500 youth= 60,000 Populations with disabilities= Minimum 2 per slum= 21,600Indirect beneficiaries = Long term: Slum-population of the project countries= 160.06 million

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