Sustainable and resilient communities are needed to face today’s uncertain world.
Worldwide, communities are grappling with the challenges of finite resources, rapid urbanisation, environmental degradation, poverty and the uncertainty of climate change.
Collaborate for real change
Arup believes that local action and scalable solutions to these complex, global issues can only be created through collaborative partnerships.
We bring strong support to our partner’s goals with international expertise in resilience, disaster response and reconstruction, sustainable infrastructure, buildings, water, education and healthcare.
In our long-term relationship with Habitat for Humanity we have evaluated their post-tsunami programmes in Asia, provided technical expertise in the Philippines and contributed to numerous aspects of their work in Haiti. Such relationships enable the exchange of the global expertise and local knowledge necessary to develop and deliver innovative solutions.
We recognise the importance of working with communities. We have contributed to publications on owner-driven reconstruction and regularly undertake community-based participatory research – a hallmark of our groundbreaking study to define the characteristics of safe and resilient communities with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
A flexible and holistic approach
Arup provides strategic advice, technical expertise and evaluation, across a range of sectors and scales. In our partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation on the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network we are providing programme management support, technical assistance, knowledge management and dissemination.
We are outcome-focused yet flexible in our approach. We view tangible outputs and communication as key stepping-stones in our project delivery.
We are committed to sharing new knowledge gained from each of our projects with our partners and the wider development sector. A case in point is the report Lessons from Aceh, which outlines case studies that now inform best practice in post-disaster reconstruction. We have also developed ASPIRE, a software based tool for assessing the sustainability and poverty reduction in developing countries, which has been used to share learning across countries and programmes.