Leveraging social networks

People in informal settlements in urban areas often leverage networks with labour contractors or kin from their villages to earn their livelihoods in cities. These strategies are carefully honed and cultivated along lines of caste, ethnicity and linguistic affiliations, and can be considered an adaptation to the new urban environment. These relationships also allow people to manage risk in times of localised floods, access local politicians to protect assets in occurences of disasters, etc.

Climate Related Risk

Disruption to human settlements, Human Displacement, Changes in precipitation, Extreme precipitation, Flooding, More frequent and extreme events (general)

Form of Option

Behavioural, Information

Country of Origin



Households, Specific group in a society (e.g. women, Indigenous, slum-dwellers)


The option exists in a real setting and was not created as part of the project.

Institution / Legal Reach

Change in norms or ways of doing things