100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is a nonprofit organisation 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 offers each member city:

  • funding for a Chief Resilience Officer, to coordinate resilience-building efforts
  • expert support to develop a resilience strategy
  • membership in a global network of peer cities to share ideas and solutions
  • use of the 100RC Platform – a group of leading service providers who offer in-kind support to member cities.

Urban resilience
This is the capacity of individuals, communities, businesses, institutions and systems in a city to survive, adapt and grow, no matter what chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.

Chronic stresses
These weaken the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis. Examples include high unemployment, an overtaxed or inefficient public transportation system, endemic violence, and chronic food and water shortages.

Acute shocks
These are the sudden, sharp events that threaten a city. Examples include earthquakes, floods, disease outbreaks and terrorist attacks.

100 Resilient Cities definition of urban resilience


100RC began working with their first group of 32 cities, which included Melbourne, in December 2013. In 2014, they received 330 applications from 94 countries for their second round, and announced the 35 cities in December 2015. The final 37 member cities, selected from 325 applications, to join the 100RC global network were announced on 24 May 2016.

100RC is financially supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.

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