Urban Resilience: 2020 Urban Learning Brief for Mission Staff
As cities around the world face more acute climate events, global pandemics, humanitarian crises and other shocks, there is rapidly growing attention on the need for urban resilience.
As cities around the world face more acute climate events,
global pandemics, humanitarian crises and other shocks, there is rapidly growing
attention on the need for urban resilience. There is an urgencyto
act quickly. The World Bank estimates that by 2030 there will be $300 billion
in annual average losses and 77 million urban residents will fall back into
poverty without significant risk reduction to avoid those setbacks.
Urban resilience is defined by 100 Resilient Cities as “the
capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems
within a city to survive,adapt, and grow no matter what kinds ofchronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.”
USAID’s investments in building resilience help share and
shift the responsibility for managing risk, investing in resilience, and
responding to shocks from donors to governments, communities, and the private
sector. The overriding aim is to reduce costs of recurrentcrises and
get ahead of emerging risks toprevent backsliding on development gains.
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