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Lubaina commented on #KEEPCOOL (Updated New Video 22/12)

Hi Chioma,
Wish you a very happy New Year! Apologies for my delayed reply. Both Katerina and I were away for the holidays.

The #KEEPCOOL project will use OpenIDEO support to develop and implement a model for heat early warning that enables slum residents of the M/E Ward in Mumbai, to do develop emergency responses for extreme heat events, learn about preventive methods, increase their knowledge on the risks of heat, access tools and information, and be better prepared to deal with heat stress. We seek both technical (advisory role) and financial support from OpenIDEO to develop the EWS through a cutting-edge human-centred design process that makes the most of the indicators system we have developed in Brazil. If we receive the full amount of available support, we will deliver the following activities: 

1. Preparatory phase: this includes staff time (two full-time staff with 6-8 yrs of experience) to develop initial relationships in the community and contextualise the individual resilience indicators (IRIs) to the Indian context; co-create survey forms, and hire a data collection agency. This team will continue to manage and execute the project going forward.
2. Data collection and building an IRI database: partner up with an ICT and data collection service provider focusing on social impact to administer surveys at household/ individual level, preferably using mobile phone technology. Moreover, all community members participating in the process will be duly compensated for their time. Hence this will be a significant cost—cost of vendor, participants’ time, and staff time.
3. Community engagement: holding a series of workshops to present data collected, understand and analyse the data, and co-create strategies for urban resilience. Engage other actors at community level—dispensaries, social workers, NGOs, labour providers, local schools etc. Here, we will most likely use local venues so operational costs will be low, but staff time, as well as AV equipment requirements must be included.
4. Developing the KEEP COOL Information Communication Technology: engage ICT partner to build this service either as a calling or SMS service. Also, scaling further this could be developed as an online application or information portal to continue monitoring feedback to update the data set and support other community based initiatives too.
5. Scale-up strategy: we will engage key stakeholders (political leaders, employers, housing agents, water and electricity brokers, and ward level corroborators) into the process of data collection upfront, and further to scale-up or implement strategies for resilience from community/ individual to neighbourhood/ ward levels. Ultimately we aim to incorporate/ influence a resilience planning approach using the IRIs as a form to map and manage heat (and other climate change) stress into the local area planning process for the entire M/E ward. To ensure success in scaling we will engage the ward level corporators upfront, as we initiate the data gathering process.

We are happy to provide a detailed account of activities, if that may be useful. Please let me know, my email is



Lubaina commented on #KEEPCOOL (Updated New Video 22/12)

Thank you Benoit!


Lubaina commented on #KEEPCOOL (Updated New Video 22/12)

Thank you for these Shane! I'll be sure to reach out to these initiatives.