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A blueprint for holistic urban resilience

THIS REPORT WAS PUBLISHED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WORLD GOVERNMENT SUMMIT

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested cities' abilities to withstand unexpected shocks, and strained their capacity to provide for basic, social, economic, and urban infrastructure needs. Beyond the pandemic, cities' exposure to natural and human-caused hazards is expected to increase both in frequency and scale. In fact, the number of natural disasters has tripled in the MENA region annually since the 1980s, affecting more than 40 million people. Climate change, rapid urbanization, as well as higher rates of physical and digital violence are also testing cities' abilities to weather unexpected crises and have strained their resources. Cities must strengthen their urban resilience to endure such adversities and disasters.

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A focus on resilience

Urban resilience is the ability of cities to respond, recover, and transform in the face of shocks, stresses, and adversity.

A focus on resilience

Urban resilience is the ability of cities to respond, recover, and transform in the face of shocks, stresses, and adversity.

Our urban resilience assessment framework

In collaboration with the World Government Summit, Strategy& has developed a comprehensive and evidence-based framework that enables cities to assess their exposure to hazards, their vulnerabilities, and their institutional capacity to respond, recover, and transform. The outcome? An index based on more than 130 key performance indicators (KPIs) and a qualitative checklist.

Our urban resilience assessment framework

A blueprint for building urban resilience – the next steps

After they assess their urban resilience, cities should develop “resilience blueprints” to help them build institutional capacities that can reduce exposure to threats and minimize vulnerabilities. The blueprints should cover response, recovery, and transformative capacities, with different focus areas depending on whether the city is mapped to a limited resilience capacity cluster, a moderate resilience capacity cluster, or an advanced resilience capacity cluster.

MENA cities have limited or moderate capabilities for resilience. Cities with limited capacities need to prioritize and develop their response and recovery capabilities, whereas the moderately resilient cities should think about enhancing their ability to recover and building their transformative capacities.

Building up to bounce back

It's never been more important for cities to invest in their urban resilience and develop institutional capacities to withstand the shocks and stresses of the present and future. Blueprints that focus on response, recovery, and transformation will empower economies, societies, and environments against unforeseen disruption.

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Time to future proof: A blueprint for holistic urban resilience

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Dr. Raed Kombargi

Dr. Raed Kombargi

Partner, Strategy& Middle East

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Dr. Yahya Anouti

Partner, Strategy& Middle East

Dima Sayess

Dima Sayess

Partner, Strategy& Middle East

Jana Batal

Jana Batal

Senior Fellow, Ideation Center, Strategy& Middle East

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Melissa Rizk

Senior Fellow, Ideation Center, Strategy& Middle East

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