Economic Opportunity

Today’s new normal requires models of governance that mitigate risk and respond to evolving challenges.

Resilience for sustainable, inclusive growth

Resilience is a whole-of-city issue – Crises and disruptions require a coordinated and trusted response by the public and private sectors as well as communities. The world’s most pressing crises, including Covid-19, climate change and economic downturn, are breaking down traditional divisions in how and when public and private organizations respond. Economic and societal resilience are interlinked and are equally part of urban resilience. Cities cannot build urban resilience alone. Resilience planning, by design, fosters the cooperation of public- and private-sector organizations in supporting sustainability and inclusiveness across urban systems and societies.

Furthermore, the private sector is a catalyst for innovation and supports new economic opportunities in cities. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular, are key drivers of local economic development, providing 45% of jobs in emerging economies (OECD). For companies big or small alike, resilience will translate into sustainable business growth; for societies, resilience both enables and depends on meaningful economic growth, emphasizing improved quality of life, equality, and inclusiveness. Without sustained social advancement, societies are less resilient and secure. Likewise, the goal of sustainable and inclusive growth includes the protection and repair of natural environments, beyond mitigation of the effects of the climate crisis. By leveraging public policy, partnerships with private enterprises, and visible investments in people and places, cities are advancing an equitable pathway to prosperity and building urban resilience.

News and Resources

Co-creating a resilient future 2020-2021

Co-creating a resilient future 2020-2021

The Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) has released its 2020-2021 report, titled ‘Co-creating a resilient future’. This report charts the Network’s journey over the past two years, and its ...
CitiesXChange: Resilient Recovery by SMEs in Southeast Asia

CitiesXChange: Resilient Recovery by SMEs in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, six member cities of the Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) are exploring ways to support their local economy recover in a way that actions and projects will simultaneously ...
When recycled plastic builds houses, people, and community

When recycled plastic builds houses, people, and community

3C makes blocks from pressed PET bottles framed in wood to give them structure to build walls, instead of regular bricks. The plastic in the bottles acts as an insulator and is waterproof, so ...

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