100 Resilient Cities

                                                              

100 Resilient Cities

International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)
Solution proposed by: 
International Federation for Housing and Planning [IFHP] Ms. Regitze Marianne Hess Special Advisor
In a Nutshell: 
100 Resilient Cities is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century, whereby cities have been selected to be part of 100RC network, and are provided with the resources necessary to develop a roadmap to resilience, including the establishment of a new position within city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, leading the city’s resilience efforts.
Where and When: 
100 different cities worldwide. Initiated in 2013.
Challenges: 
Governance and Partnerships Urban Resiliency 100 Resilient Cities was created in part to help solve two key problems: 1) cities are complex ecosystems, resistant to change and made up of a myriad group of systems and actors; and 2) existing solutions aren’t scaling or are not being shared more broadly. In other words, cities constantly find themselves reinventing the wheel.
Innovation: 
Chief Resilience Officers – the introduction of the concept of a Chief Resilience Officer. And the provision of resources for the establishment of this new position within city government, leading the city’s resilience efforts.
Concept: 
the building of a global practice of resilience among governments, NGOs, the private sector, and individual citizens.
Description: 
100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis. Examples of these stresses include high unemployment; an overtaxed or inefficient public transportation system; endemic violence; or chronic food and water shortages. By addressing both the shocks and the stresses, a city becomes more able to respond to adverse events, and is overall better able to deliver basic functions in both good times and bad, to all populations. Cities in the 100RC network are provided with the resources necessary to develop a roadmap to resilience along four main pathways: 1. Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts; 2. Expert support for development of a robust resilience strategy; 3. Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and 4. Membership of a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other. Through these actions, 100RC aims not only to help individual cities become more resilient, but will facilitate the building of a global practice of resilience among governments, NGOs, the private sector, and individual citizens. Three calls for applicant cities took place in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Members of the 100 Resilient Cities team and a panel of expert judges reviewed over 1,000 applications from prospective cities. The judges looked for innovative mayors, a recent catalyst for change, a history of building partnerships, and an ability to work with a ride range of stakeholders 100RC began working with first group of 32 cities in December of 2013. In 2014, 100RC received 330 applications from 94 countries for the second cohort, of which 35 cities were selected in round 2. The third call closed in November 2015, with the announcement of the final round of cities in May 2016. The platform of partners, is one of the four key offerings provided to the 100RC cities. It is designed to help address the second problem. Through the Platform Partners, 100 Resilient Cities provides member cities with access to a curated suite of resilience-building tools and services supplied by a carefully selected platform of partners from the private, public, academic, and non-profit sectors. The Platform and Platform Partners are a way to leverage resources beyond the $100+ million commitment that the Rockefeller Foundation initially made when it pioneered 100 Resilient Cities as part of its centennial commitment to urban resilience. The catalogue includes tools and services that cities might not otherwise be able to access for a number of reasons, such as affordability, not knowing that the tool existed, or not understanding that it could be applied to address their unique city needs. The tools and services showcased on the platform can help educate 100RC cities and can facilitate the planning and implementation of their strategy process. For example, there are tools that aggregate, evaluate and integrate big data into decision making; encourage stakeholder engagement; assess risk exposure to hazards; monitor and protect water resources; design resilient urban infrastructure and environments; identify opportunities for operational efficiency and provide education around the concept of resilience. City resilience will improve, the marketplace will produce better tools, and the global practice of resilience will advance. How does it work? Cities surface unmet resilience-building needs during a six-to-nine-month Strategy development process, and 100RC matches those needs with the capabilities of the Platform Partners. Although it won’t address all of 100RC cities’ resilience-building needs, the Platform’s purpose is to help cities identify some of the tools and services they can use that have worked elsewhere. With the support of the Platform, cities can address many of their current resilience needs and begin to build the capacity to continue working on their resilience building into the future. Helping individual cities isn’t the only goal. By introducing these world-class actors to cities, 100RC is facilitating a process by which the cities themselves help inform the market place. Once they understand what cities need, these private sector, NGOs, and publically funded partners can begin building new tools and improving old ones – tools that will be available to all cities. Through 100 RC Platform, cities will become more resilient, the marketplace will produce better tools, and the global practice of resilience will advance ever further. 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation is financially supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and managed as a sponsored project by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides governance and operational infrastructure to its sponsored projects.
Impacts: 
Capacity Building particularly in terms of ''Governance and Partnerships'' Through 100 RC Platform, cities will become more resilient, the marketplace will produce better tools, and the global practice of resilience will advance ever further.