IIED to host Twitter chat on effective humanitarian response in urban crises

News, 31 October 2017
Join our Twitter chat on 8 November to discuss how best to respond to crises in urban areas.

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, people took shelter in the same ships that were washed ashore. Our Twitter chat will share lessons in how best to respond to urban crises (Photo: Claudio Accheri, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

IIED is inviting researchers, policymakers and practitioners to participate in an online conversation on 8 November, 2017 about how we can achieve more effective and collaborative responses to crises in urban settings.

IIED will use the online network Twitter and the hashtag #urbancrises to host the online discussion from 2-3pm (GMT). Co-hosting the conversation is the International Rescue Committee (@IRCEurope).

The online conversation precedes a two-day conference on 15-16 November that will bring together experts from the humanitarian and development communities, urban representatives, and donor organisations at the end of a three-year DFID-funded programme designed to improve knowledge and practice in urban humanitarian response.

The 'Crises in cities, cities in crisis' event will reflect on the key findings from the project. The discussions will also examine the implications of the findings – including how current aid and humanitarian structures may need to change to enable more effective responses to urban crises.

Share, comment and get involved

To join the Twitter chat, follow #urbancrises on Twitter from 2-3pm (GMT) on November 8

IIED's Twitter chat is designed to stimulate international dialogue and debate around how to achieve more effective and collaborative responses to crises in urban settings, and share best practice and stories of success.

To kickstart the conversation, IIED will tweet out a series of key questions and invite responses. The chat questions will be tweeted from IIED's Twitter account, @IIED.

The questions will be:

  • What approaches have worked well in an urban crisis response? Share your good practice and success stories!
  • How can external agencies build on the existing capacities on the ground (eg of the municipality, local civil society, local businesses) during an urban crisis response?
  • Does the international humanitarian system/framework need to be tailored in any way to suit increasingly urban crises?
  • What are some useful resources, practices and tools we can utilise for responding to urban crises?
  • What are the key opportunities for using urban humanitarian response and recovery to build urban resilience?

For people who are not familiar with Twitter chats, IIED has published a Twitter chat best practices guide (PDF).

Increasing knowledge

Managed by IIED, the Urban Crises Learning Fund has generated evidence and fostered new ways of working to increase the knowledge, technical capacity, and commitment to working in partnership of urban and humanitarian stakeholders. 

It has funded 32 discrete pieces of research and documentation, with a focus on urban crises in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Two consortiums of humanitarian and research organisations have also been established, to develop and test new tools and approaches, and to document past responses.

The conference will enable the evidence generated to foster changes in practice and policy within the international humanitarian community. The event will also generate clear policy messages to be taken forward under international frameworks, including the Grand Bargain agreed at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, and the UNHCR's Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework.


Anne Schulthess (anne.schulthess@iied.org), marketing manager, IIED's Communications Group

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