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; 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, including financial and logistical guidance; support for developing a robust resilience strategy; access to service providers and partners from the private, public and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and membership to a global network of 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.