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100 Resilient Cities

The organization, which was transformed and renamed Resilient Cities Catalyst in 2020, is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century.

100 Resilient Cities (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, and
  • chronic food and water shortages.

By addressing both the shocks and the stresses, a city can better respond to adverse events. A city is also better able to deliver basic functions in both good times and bad, to all populations.

Learn more about 100 Resilient Cities

Support for 100 Resilient Cities

The Rockefeller Foundation pioneered and financially supports 100 Resilient Cities. The initiative is managed as a sponsored project by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides governance and operational infrastructure to its sponsored projects.

Pathways to success

Cities in the 100RC network are provided with the resources necessary to develop a roadmap to resilience along four main pathways:

  • financial and logistical guidance for creating an innovative new position in city government: Chief Resilience Officer
  • expert support for development of a robust resilience strategy
  • access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public, and non-governmental sectors, and
  • membership in a global network of cities who learn from and help each other.

100RC aims to help individual cities become more resilient. The goal is also to create a global practice of resilience among governments, non-government groups, the private sector, and individual citizens.

Video: Why 100 Resilient Cities?