War in the city and cities in war, humanitarian actors and urban practices - Guinee

Within the framework of PRUD (Programme of Urban Research and Development)A&D carried out two missions, in Guinea Forestière and in Mali, to support URD in the analysis of habitat and urban practices in contexts struck by humane crises.


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Location : Refugee camps in the borders

Mission Date : October 2002

Mission in charge : Sandra D’URZP

Requested by :

U.R.D on the invitation of tender by PRUD (Programme of Urban Research and Development) financed by MEA

Mission objectives :

General objectives :

To participate in the improvement of the humanitarian practices in the urban contexts by analysis, evaluation and capitalization of the experiences.

Specific objectives :

  • To analyze the logic and humanitarian practices of the actors in their response to crisis, to measure the impacts of their actions on the territorial dynamics and the urban centres.
  • To analyze the positioning of the humane actors vis-a-vis the local actors and the local and national policies create and manage the city
  • To look further into knowledge on the installation and the improvement of the emergency habitat (Architecture and Development).
  • To make recommendations/proposals for action. Two levels of analysis : 1. Capitalization and analysis of experiences (Habita projects).

Methods of Implementation :

Ground Mission : 3 weeks (programme incharge A&D) DESS training : 3 months
(2 trainees from DESS under « humanitarian Management  » implemented field works with the local partners)

1- Institutional diagnosis of a sample of representatives of the institutions (local and international NGOs, associations, financial backers, local authorities) and of its field representatives.

2- Collection of information, investigations : discussions with the beneficiaries of the humanitarian programs in the concerned cities. To carry out this phase, methods of participative evaluation (PRA - Participatory Rapid Assessment- or Participative Analysis MARP) were used. Problem trees, charts of the zones and other graphic presentations will elaborate these issues to the "focus groups" in order to put together all problematic issues.

3- Collective work in workshops : It will be a question of ensuring the restoration and of resuming PRUD’s studies along with other studies undertaken by the URD Group to reflect on what functioned - or did not - and why ? Organized in the form of participative meetings, the workshops will present the first results and recommendations resulting from these studies. Les lessons learned and synthesis of these studies. 2 Analyze "critical points" inherent with the processes of assistance (cf Quality tools) 3.

Local Partners :

URD (Urgency, Reconstruction, Development) on the field : ACF, MSF, UNHCR

Funding :