Literature review and scoping study: Cities and Climate Change (WASH-related)

Practical Action
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Practical Action recognises that Climate Change is affecting the lives of poor people right around the world. Our strategy commits us to “helping people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems – made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality”. We need to understand the impacts of climate change in all our areas of work, build resilience into our on-going programmes and take messages and learning from our work into our national and global advocacy efforts.

Our work on ‘Cities fit for people’ focuses on improving the lives of slum dwellers and informal workers in WASH and solid waste management. By working with communities and local authorities on access to basic services, we help empower slum dwellers to have greater access to decision-makers. This is the area of Practical Action’s work that has so far done least to embed understanding and action on climate resilience.

The aims of this literature review and scoping study are (1) to document the most significant climate change threats to urban slum and low-income communities in three focal countries, elaborating in particular those that relate to WASH and solid waste management services; and (2) explore the extent to which climate resilience is being built into policies and programmes for urban WASH or solid waste management at local and national levels.

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How to apply

Interested parties should send a proposal to with how they would approach the work, by Monday 9th November. This should include:

  • Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience
  • A proposal consisting of an outline of the approach and budget, also indicating a number of days (2 pages)
  • CVs of main consultants

Practical Action reserves the right to hold a short interview with a shortlist of bidders should this be deemed necessary.