Urban recovery framework
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Urban recovery framework

The Urban Recovery Framework (URF) is a key instrument to enhance response to urban crises. The aim of the URF is to create an enabling environment for more effective recovery in urban areas, affected by natural or man-made crises, including conflict. It clarifies institutional and multi-level governance arrangements, policies and plans, the coordination mechanisms and the financing instruments needed to drive and steer the implementation of immediate and medium-term urban recovery interventions while laying the foundations for longer-term resilience. The basis of the framework is urban profiling, an analysis tool that supports a better understanding of displacement patterns, integrates various sectoral assessments of damages and pre-existing vulnerabilities into a spatial analysis of the city.

The tool also helps to unpack the complexity of urban areas and systems, preparing the ground for a tailored granular area-based response. As such, the URF is a tool to work across the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus. It also helps to implement the New Urban Agenda in crisis settings, building back better and supporting cities to gain ground towards the Sustainable Development Goals, and other global agendas such as the Paris Agreement, the Global Compact on Refugees, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.