100 Resilient Cities: Greater Manchester Resilience
About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation
100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.
Greater Manchester was selected to the 100-city global network in May 2016, and will receive technical support and resources to develop and implement a Resilience Strategy. Each city in the 100RC network receives four concrete types of support:
- Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts;
- Technical support for development of a robust Resilience Strategy;
- Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and
- Membership in a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.
100RC Resilient Greater Manchester Agenda Setting Worshop Report
Greater Manchester in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), is beginning to undertake work to become more resilient, referring specifically both to ‘shocks’ and ‘stresses’. ‘Shocks’ incorporates catastrophic events like storms, pandemic diseases and floods. ‘Stresses’ cover aspects that weaken the capacity of a city to deal with the challenges it may face, like skills shortages, homelessness, and unemployment, which are increasingly part of 21st century life. In being named as part of the 100RC network in 2016, Greater Manchester will be joining cities like London, New York, Bangkok and Rio de Janeiro – and was selected from more than 1,000 applicants from around the world.
On Tuesday, November 29, 2016 officials from throughout the city region, along with leading resilience experts from Europe and America, came together at Manchester Town Hall to launch Greater Manchester’s participation in this programme. The workshop began the process of identifying priorities which will help to inform a Resilience Strategy which will be drafted over the next six to-12 months.
The next stage in this process was to produce a follow-up report to the workshop highlighting the key themes, findings and opinions of the experienced officers in the room, along with next steps to take the work forward.