DARAJA: The Inclusive City-Community Forecasting and Early Warning Service

The Developing Risk Awareness through Joint Action (DARAJA) project is a collaborative initiative aimed at enhancing weather and climate information services (WCIS) for urban communities, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations residing in informal settlements. ‘Daraja’, meaning ‘bridge’ in Swahili, brings together the residents of informal settlements, national meteorological forecasters, city authorities and other actors to facilitate hazard awareness and improve climate resilience of vulnerable populations in informal settlements.

Since its launch in September 2018, DARAJA has provided nearly 1 million people in Kenya and Tanzania with improved weather information. Supported by the UK FCDO through the Weather and Climate Information Services (WISER) programme led by the UK Met Office, DARAJA is expanding across East Africa to Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, as well as continuing its services in Tanzania and Kenya. Additionally, DARAJA receives support from the World Risk Poll and Lloyd’s Register Foundation. It is also being adapted for use in small island states like Jamaica, addressing their unique challenges posed by rising sea levels and extreme weather events.

By adopting a systems-wide approach, DARAJA builds ‘bridges’ and operational partnerships between the actors critical to the co-design of the products, dissemination channels and feedback loops for weather forecasts and extreme weather alerts.

To learn more about the project and its impact, explore the following resources and case studies:

WISER: DARAJA Infographic

By WISER (Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa), UKAid, Met office UK,  September 2021

WISER: Building bridges in East Africa

By WISER (Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa), UKAid and Met office UK, December 2019

Early Action: The State of Play 2023

By Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), March 2024

DARAJA mentioned on pages: 7, 19, 42, 46

Insights for states and regions’ approaches to building resilience

By Climate Group and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, March 2024

DARAJA quote featured on p. 7

THE ADAPTATION RESEARCH FOR IMPACT PRINCIPLES

By The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA), October 2022

DARAJA featured as Good Practice adaptation action to be evidence-based, p.24

Words into Action guidelines: Multi-hazard early warning systems

By UNDRR, 17 May 2023

DARAJA featured as Good Practice Case Study, p.114

Designing Inclusive, Accessible Early Warning Systems: Good Practices and Entry Points

By GFDRR, The World Bank, UCL Warning Research Centre, 1 May 2023

DARAJA featured as a Case Study, p.11

Designing Inclusive, Accessible Early Warning Systems: Good Practices and Entry Points

By GFDRR, The World Bank, UCL Warning Research Centre, 1 May 2023

DARAJA featured as a Case Study, p.11

Good Practices for Adaptation Action Research

By Adaptation Research Alliance Evidence Review 2, January 2022

DARAJA mentions on pages: 8, 17, 22, 31, 36, 44, 50

Global status of multi-hazard early warning systems: Target G

By UNDRR, WMO, UNDRR Bonn Office, October 2022

DARAJA featured as a Case Study, p.39

GAR2022 (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction)

By UNDRR, May 2022

DARAJA featured as a Case Study, p.84

BEI Report: Climate Change – Extreme Weather Risk and Climate Resilience

By British Expertise International, November 2021

DARAJA featured as a Case Study, pages 11-12

Bridge The Gap

By Meteorological Technology International, April 2021

DARAJA featured as a Case Study, pages 8-12

Co-designing weather and climate information services for and with Urban Informal Settlements in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam

By Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa and Future Climate for Africa, 2019

DARAJA featured as a Case Study, pages 132-135

 

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