City RAP Tool (The City Resilience Action Planning Tool)


General Information:

Author: Disaster Risk Management, Sustainability and Urban Resilience (DiMSUR)

Year of publication: 2018

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Climate change adaptation assessment

Details: CityRAP Tool is used for training city managers and municipal technicians in small to intermediate sized cities in sub-Saharan Africa. It enables communities to understand and plan actions aimed at reducing risk and building resilience through the development of a Resilience Framework for Action.

Format of assessment: Guideline

Details: Interactive training courses to help build and strengthen capacities of both communities and decision makers in disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and urban resilience.

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: 3 to 4 months

To be carried out by whom: Multiple actors

Details: DiMSUR experts, city managers and municipal technicians

Institutional scale of use: Local/community

Details: Small to intermediate sized cities in sub-Saharan Africa

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Local decision makers

Output: Others (see details)

Details: Development of a City Resilience Framework for Action


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Africa

Developed by which sector: Development cooperation

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Africa

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide (cities)

Sectors covered: Urban sector

Details: Urban planning

Method used: Other (see details)

Description of methodology: Participatory training courses

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: Vulnerability

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: All hazards

Source of required data: Primary and secondary

Details: Focus is laid on expert judgement by involving different departments of cities' administration. Further secondary data might be used to help priorisation and decision-making process

Temporal scale: Forward looking

Participatory elements: Yes

Details: Engagement with public sector and vulnerable communities to generate the data and develop a City Resilience Framework for Action

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts, identification of adaptation options

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Both

Details: The self-assessment survey, which is the main source of data collection, includes questions on resilience of urban economy, infrastructure and facilities, and urban disaster risk management, which can be an indication of potential economic and non-economic losses. But calculation of losses is not included

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): Partly

Details: Guiding questions of the tool focus more on EWE (e.g. heavy rain, flood, cyclone, earthquake, etc.)


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Partly

Details: Identifies priority issues for building the city resilience

Usefulness for political purposes: Project proposals- Adaptation fund

Applied by whom: CityRAP Tool trainings have already been conducted in 20 cities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Open access: Yes