The August 2017 floods that affected nearly 40 million people across India, Nepal and Bangladesh are a strong reminder that disasters and their impact are rarely contained by national or other jurisdictional boundaries. Equally, cities are not disjointed entities; they do not work in silo but are interconnected with their surrounding areas which they rely on for food, goods, services and vice versa. It is undeniable that coordinated transboundary planning and action is important as it has the potential to prevent disaster events and is crucial in building inclusive urban resilience.
National governments also face the task of formulating programs and policies under limited resources and balancing competing priorities. Mercy Corps’ work through the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), initiated and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, has demonstrated the need for community level inclusion, evidence-based programming and policy making to best support governments to make smart investments. Moreover, without evidence on the impacts of resilience programming, sustainability and long-term impact will be difficult to achieve.
To highlight the importance of working across boundaries to build inclusive urban resilience, Mercy Corps will organize a panel discussion that will focus on distinct cross-border coordination approaches implemented by the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition International (ISET), Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Mercy Corp. The partners will also highlight different approaches for inclusive governance as well as tools that can be used for informed-decision making.