Urban Resilience Program

Our multi-city program that supports cities with their building urban resilience plans.


The Temasek Foundation Urban Resilience Program (TFURP), a joint collaboration between Temasek Foundation, Centre for Liveable Cities, and Resilient Cities Network, is a project accelerator targeted at city leaders and practitioners.

The selected group of up to eight cities from ASEAN and South Asia will have the chance to join a capacity building program, work on an expert-mentored project and discuss their project with private sector and institutional players.

After the capacity building program, a cohort of three cities will be selected to continue a more comprehensive engagement program. All three cities will be offered in-city thematic workshops to advance their project proposals and will then get an opportunity to present these project proposals to investors at the World Cities Summit 2022 in Singapore.


There is a critical need to strengthen resilience in cities in the Asia-Pacific region as climate change challenges like rising sea levels and extreme weather events become more pressing. The key underlying principle to build up resilience is the capacity of cities to conduct and implement strategic and long-term planning. However, many of these cities lack the capability to prepare funding proposals to potential financiers or investors to accelerate the development of resilience projects.

Program Objective

The objectives of this program are to develop in-city capacities to identify livability and resilience challenges and opportunities; apply high density, high livability guiding principles to build resilience in urban development and management based on Singapore’s experience; and to formulate bankable project proposals linked to climate change and resilience.

Program Approach

The program will offer opportunities for city practitioners to strategize for, and connect with leading experts in, resilience building through urban development. The four main components of the program are:

Phase 1:

1. City Selection
Seven cities selected. Each city will have a team of four participants comprised preferably of one City Leader, one Technocrat, one Chief Resilience Officer and one Project Owner.

2. Capacity Building
An online capacity building program consisting of:

  • Lectures / dialogues on resilience frameworks.
  • Project design session including peer-to-peer learning sessions and consultations with senior practitioners from Singapore agencies.
  • Pitching and networking sessions with external partners and funders.

Phase 2:

3. Project Development Support

  • Three projects shortlisted for project development support.
  • A three-day project tool deployment with government experts from Singapore.

4. Pitch Session at the World Cities Summit

Three selected projects invited to the WCS 2022 in Singapore to present in a pitch session organized with investors / multilateral organizations. The three selected projects are:

  • Jambi: Integrated Wastewater Management in Sipin Lake
  • Seberang Perai: Proposal for an Integrated Waste Management Facility in Pulau Burung Sanitary Landfill
  • Surat: Enhance Water Resilience through Integrated Water Management

Singapore Liveability Framework (Credit: Centre for Liveable Cities)

City Resilience Framework



cities engaged in ASEAN and South Asia: Jambi, Khon Khaen, Melaka, Seberang Perai, Semarang, Surat, and Yala


participating leaders/practitioners


projects shortlisted, developed, and linked to funding


month city action plan with principles of liveability and resilience

Shortlisted Cities


Seberang Perai



Key Resources

Surat Project Logic

Building Surat’s water Resilience by Enhancing Tapi River

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Jambi Project Logic

Integrated Wastewater Management in Sipin Lake

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Surat Project Pitch

Enhance Water resilience through Integrated Water Management

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Seberang Perai Project Pitch

Integrated Waste Management Facility in Pulau Burung Sanitary Landfill

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Jambi Project Pitch

Integrated Wastewater Management in Sipin Lake

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