100 Resilient Cities


Name of initiative 100 Resilient Cities
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
Website address http://www.100resilientcities.org
Related initiatives
Starting year 2013
End year 2019
Secretariat New York Office

100 Resilient Cities 420 Fifth Ave, 19th Floor New York, NY 10018

Organisational structure 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.

In April 2019 the news broke that 100 Resilient Cities was to no longer receive funding from the Rockefeller Foundation six years after its launch. The announcement came as a major shock to its almost 100 staff and those familiar with its work, as the organisation had by all measures been successful in its primary aim—helping cities build workable resiliency strategies.

Budget issues and a change in leadership at the foundation in 2017 were the most likely reasons for 100RC’s sudden exit, but a glimmer of hope emerged when the foundation agreed to continue funding some of its initiatives, like the chief resilience officer (CRO) roles it had helped create in cities.

Six months on we are beginning to see what the transition looks like with the creation of two new organisations, Resilient Cities Catalyst (RCC), which was unveiled last week, and the Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN), which will be officially launched at the World Urban Forum next week.

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Type of lead organisation NGO/Civil Society
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America


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.

Objectives 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.
Activities 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 establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts; Expert support for development of a robust resilience strategy; 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 Membership of a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Capacity building
Activity of initiative Knowledge production and innovation, Training and education
Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals
How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting A survey by 100 Resilient Cities, a network of conurbations, found that climate change is

the third-biggest concern among its members, behind inequality and ageing infrastructure.


Participants Number Names
Members 97  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 97 Accra (Ghana),  Addis Ababa (Ethiopia),  Amman (Jordan),  Athens (Greece),  Atlanta (USA),  Bangalore (India),  Bangkok (Thailand),  Barcelona (Spain),  Belfast (United Kingdom),  Belgrade (Serbia),  Berkeley (USA),  Boston (USA),  Boulder (USA),  Bristol (United Kingdom),  Buenos Aires (Argentina),  Byblos (Lebanon),  Calgary (Canada),  Cali (Colombia),  Can Tho (Vietnam),  Cape Town (South Africa),  Chennai (India),  Chicago (USA),  Christchurch (New Zealand),  Colima (Mexico),  Da Nang (Vietnam),  Dakar (Senegal),  Dallas (USA),  Deyang (China),  Durban (South Africa),  El Paso (USA),  Glasgow (Scotland),  Guadalajara (Mexico),  Haiyan (China),  Honolulu (USA),  Huangshi (China),  Jaipur (India),  Jakarta (Indonesia),  Juarez (Mexico),  Kigali (Rwanda),  Kyoto (Japan),  Lagos (Nigeria),  Lisbon (Portugal),  London (England),  Los Angeles (USA),  Louisville (USA),  Luxor (Egypt),  Greater Manchester (England),  Mandalay (Myanmar),  Medellin (Colombia),  Melaka (Malaysia),  Melbourne (Australia),  Mexico City (Mexico),  Greater Miami and the Beaches (USA),  Milan (Italy),  Minneapolis (USA),  Montevideo (Uruguay),  Montreal (Canada),  Nairobi (Kenya),  Nashville (USA),  New Orleans (USA),  New York (USA),  Norfolk (USA),  Oakland (USA),  Panama City (Panama),  Paris (France),  Paynesville (Liberia),  Pittsburgh (USA),  Porto Alegre (Brazil),  Pune (India),  Quito (Ecuador),  Ramallah (Palestine),  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),  Rome (Italy),  Rotterdam (Netherlands),  Salvador (Brazil),  San Francisco (USA),  San Juan (Puerto Rico),  Santa Fe (Argentina),  Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic),  Santiago (Chile),  Seattle (USA),  Semarang (Indonesia),  Seoul (South Korea),  Singapore (Singapore),  St. Louis (USA),  Surat (India),  Sydney (Australia),  Tbilisi (Georgia),  Tel Aviv (Israel),  The Hague (Netherlands),  Thessaloniki (Greece),  Toronto (Canada),  Toyama (Japan),  Tulsa (USA),  Vancouver (Canada),  Vejle (Denmark),  Washington DC (USA),  Wellington (New Zealand),  Yiwu (China)
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 1 Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (USA)
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 28 July 2020 08:50:34

Not only have national states as participators