President Of 100 Resilient Cities To Visit Accra After The $100 Million Commitment
31 Mar 2015
In line with the $100 million donated for Accra's development, the President of 100 Resilient Cities, Michael Berkowitz will be arriving in Ghana next week for a two-day working visit.
The 100 RC President will take advantage of the visit to engage key stakeholders at a workshop to discuss measures to guide Accra prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from chronic stresses and acute shocks.
Giving his thoughts and expectations on the upcoming workshop, Mr Berkowitz said: "Stresses that affect cities 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".
"The agenda workshop will clarify the city's needs, surface innovative thinking, and give us a blueprint for engaging partners from across sectors to bring Accra the tools and resources needed to become more resilient", 100 RC President added.
Mr Berkowitz recounted that on December 3, 2014, Accra was selected as one of the first 32 members of what will ultimately be a 100-city global network, and will receive technical support and resources to develop and implement a resilience strategy.
The workshop to be held on April 7, 2015 at Alisa Hotel in Accra will bring together a range of constituencies including city officials, local businesses, civic groups and academia, to begin developing the city's resilience plan to identify priorities, actions and metrics as part of a resilience strategy for Accra.
Dr. Alfred Oko Vanderpujie, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) lauded 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) for dedicating to help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges.
Dr Vandepujie said developing a comprehensive and resilience plan is particularly important because Ghana's capital city is faced with shocks such as fires, floods, and stresses such as chronic water shortages, homelessness, unemployment, etc.
About 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, and the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge
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) Connecting member cities to solutions, service providers, and other partners who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and 4) Membership in a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other. Through these actions, 100RC aims not only 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.
The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge was launched in 2013 as a $100 million commitment to build urban resilience. Officials or leaders or major institutions from almost 400 cities applied to the Challenge, and the initial 32 cities were announced in December 2013. Results of the second round of the challenge - open from July to September of this year - will be announced in December. Information on the Challenge itself will be available here: www.100resilientcities.org/challenge.
100RC 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.