Second Blantyre Dialogue | January 2021

The second dialogue to be held in Blantyre focused on a deeper exploration of the potential to support the Waste-to-Energy chain in the city. The engagement built on work done by the FRACTAL team during the first phase of the project. This time, the team adopted a blended approach.

Virtual Learning Lab on Upscaling Climate Risk Narratives | August 2020

FRACTAL’s research team in Blantyre led a Virtual Learning Lab in August, with stakeholders from across the city and FRACTAL. Three possible climate change scenarios were developed for the city in the form of Climate Risk Narratives (CRNs). Blantyre City Council was well represented. The City hoped that the development of the CRNs would help to build resilience in Blantyre. There was a particular emphasis on the water supply and energy sectors. The report from the Learning Lab can be downloaded here.

Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development | April 2019

The FRACTAL team found very complex decision spaces in the rapidly growing southern African cities where the project was working. As a result, an innovation fund project was designed to unpack and consider real case studies of decisions that have been made in three FRACTAL cities: Lusaka, Harare and Blantyre. The case studies enabled researchers to explore the similar themes that emerged. There was a strong economic development value at the core of all three decisions, coupled with environmental and social well being values. You can download the full Innovation Fund Report and read the independent reports for the case studies in Lusaka, Harare and Blantyre.

City Narratives Stakeholder Feedback Workshop | October 2018

FRACTAL has funded a City Narratives Development Initiative in Gabarone, Blantyre and Harare. Narratives are useful tools, which enable specialist knowledge – for example, that of climate scientists – to be integrated with contextual knowledge, such as that of decision-makers. Researchers in Blantyre, Gaborone and Harare have developed future narratives for a particular sector in their city for the year 2040. Climate scientists will validate these narratives in terms of plausible climate futures. The report from the Feedback Workshop in Gabarone can be downloaded here.