This brief outlines the work of the ARISE projectTransforming the lives of vulnerable people in informal urban settlements is vital to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This entails tackling complex, interrelated challenges of poor health, unequal access to services, insecurity and weak accountability. Rigorous research and evidence, combined with community engagement and ownership, must inform these efforts.
The ARISE Hub – Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity – is a research consortium set up to enhance accountability and improve the health and wellbeing of marginalised populations living in informal urban settlements in low- and middle-income countries. ARISE works closely with, and is guided by, communities themselves: vulnerable people living in informal settlements who are often ‘off the map’.
Launched in January 2019, and funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund, ARISE is a five-year programme. Initially, we are working in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Sierra Leone.