Problem DescriptionSlums are often configured in ways that make them prone to serious fires. Flammable materials like bamboo and timber are the primary composition of buildings. Poorly monitored electrical and heat sources cause fires. Densely packed structures accelerate the spreading and impact of these fires. Ill-conceived fire escape and treatment plans further maximize the negative impact of these fires.
This solution is carried out by a team of development practitioners working in the Urban Development Program at BRAC. It was originally created as part of an OpenIDEO-Amplify challenge about increasing urban resilience in light in climate change. The solution was selected as one of the finalists for this challenge and is in the process of refining methodology via OpenIDEOs open-sourced feedback system. Amplify will fund BRAC UDP up to 800,000 USD for a 12 months project.
The solution is centered around the approach of building community capacity as a means to increase fire risk mitigation. This differs from the traditional approach of fire fighting which gravitates towards placing ownership in government organizations to generate response only after a fire has already broken out.
- Kazi Nazrul Fattah, BRAC Urban Development Programme
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|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Making the case4||Business development and evaluation|
|A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users||Clarity about what warrants implementation and funding|