Urban; Policy and Planning

"Area-based approaches (where humanitarian organisations apply multi-sector, participatory methods in specific areas of a city) can work if particular urban locations have acute needs. These approaches must be linked to city-wide/regional plans and policies.Support for urban planning after a humanitarian crisis can empower communities and local government to identify needs and priorities and manage their recovery. It can also build local capacity for longterm development planning.Establishing recovery and reconstruction planning task forces can improve activity coordination and increase local government capacity to coordinate future planning; they should be led or supported by the mayor and include community representatives.Recovery and reconstruction plans can help local governments to manage the situation; improve coordination; link relief, recovery and development; and provide entry points for national agencies and donors."