Rockefeller Foundation to add 33 cities to 100 Resilient Cities network
10 Sep 2014
The Rockefeller Foundation announced Wednesday that it is accepting applications from global cities to participate in the second round of its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. Thirty-three more municipalities will be selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities network. The $100 million initiative aims to help urban areas prepare for shocks that range from climate change to man-made and natural disasters to economic distress and social tensions.
A hallmark is the program’s emphasis on Chief Resilience Officers. Member cities receive grant funding to hire CROs, technical support to design resilience strategies, knowledge sharing and assistance with financing and other priorities.
In an email announcing the second round, Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin shares that since last May, the challenge welcomed 32 cities into the network, held 22 workshops attended by thousands and identified 16 CROs. “We’ve already seen the co-benefits of resilience begin to flourish in our partner-cities—what we call the ‘resilience dividend,’ ” she notes. In May, CitiscopeEditor-in-Chief Neal Peirce wrote about Rodin’s speech on this topic to the World Urban Forum in Medellín.
The initial batch of cities is an eclectic mix that includes Byblos, Lebanon; Oakland, California; Quito, Ecuador; and Surat, India. The 32 cities from five continents vary considerably in size, geography and resilience challenges. The full list is here.
The next round of applications is due September 10. Cities with populations over 50,000 are eligible to apply. (Disclosure: the Rockefeller Foundation is a lead funder of Citiscope.)
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