Floods in Uganda.
Climate change is affecting Uganda through the worsening floods that happen on a yearly basis. These disasters are claiming the lives and livelihoods of local communities, which lead to more challenges such as economic consequences and forced migration.
On floods in Uganda, the government and large international organizations have not done enough. External aid usually comes long after the disaster has happened, and not everyone will receive the same help. But what if we can empower local communities so they can mitigate the risks of floods themselves? What if we can build a culture of preparing before the disaster strikes so that casualties can be reduced?
We have developed a toolkit for any organisation to empower local communities in Uganda by designing and implementing an early warning and early action strategy. Feel free to find the toolkit by clicking on this link.
Community-led early warning and early action strategy
The toolkit that we provide will enable you as an organisation to design such a strategy that...
The strategy requires as minimum funding as possible. For our prototype, the budget that was required was as little as around €1000
Strengthens local collaboration
Local stakeholders will be encouraged to actively plan and participate in the program. This allows them to be the owners of this strategy.
Maximises use of local resources
Leveraging on the abundance of resources that are available locally, this strategy will remain contextually-relevant.
A graduation project by Azhim Firdaus
This project was initially done as a Master's thesis for the Strategic Product Design program at the Industrial Design Engineering faculty, TU Delft. Fieldwork was done in the Bugisu sub-region in Eastern Uganda. The strategy that was designed was a prototype based on a case study in the Namabasa sub-county (Mbale city). You may find the full report of this project in the toolkit.