The Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity
Funder: UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund
The Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity (ARISE) research consortium aims to increase accountability for marginalised people working and living in informal settlements to claim their rights to health across cities in Kenya, Sierra Leone, India, and Bangladesh. Whilst the Kenyan government has made efforts to reduce inequities in health outcomes at a national level, urban informal settlements and particularly vulnerable groups within them are being left behind.
Launched in January 2019, and funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund, ARISE programme will run for five years.
Using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches, the project is exploring inequities within informal settlements and has identified vulnerable populations.
The research consortium consists of ten partners from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. ARISE is led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).
“More than half of the world’s people live in cities, with one in three of those living in low- and middle-income countries doing so in informal settlements, sometimes known colloquially as slums, with inadequate access to services and opportunities to shape decisions about their environment. Our research will support the people in our focal communities to claim their right to health.” Professor Sally Theobald, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Principal Investigator, ARISE