Members of the Alliance will sign up to the Urban Crises Charter which sets out guiding principles for operating in urban areas. Partners of the Alliance will take additional steps to align efforts and commitments around four key thematic areas. Together, their work will bring about a fundamental shift in the way that international and local actors interact with each other in response to urban humanitarian crises. Activities will include:

  • Tailor humanitarian response to the urban context by developing shared assessment and profiling tools, promoting joint analysis, and adapting coordination mechanisms.
  • Develop or work with existing global, regional and national rosters to facilitate the deployment of urban leaders, managers and technical experts.
  • Build the evidence base on the specific characteristics of protracted displacement in urban areas, and contribute to the design of appropriate and cost-effective responses, with particular regard to protection of vulnerable people, shelter, basic services and infrastructure.
  • Ensure that initiatives focused on building urban resilience incorporate components on resilient response and recovery from crises, and that they leverage greatest impact in cities most at risk of humanitarian emergencies.