100 Resilient Cities & International Rescue Committee Announce Partnership to Address Migrant Crisis

The International Rescue Committee Will Provide Vital Resilience Building Services to 100RC’s Network Cities, to Aid Cities in Accommodating Forcibly Displaced Populations

The International Rescue Committee Joins 100RC Group of Platform Partners, Along with Companies like Microsoft and Swiss Re, Offering Best-In-Class Resilience Building-Tools and Services to Member Cities

New York, NY100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is today announcing a partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), which will offer critical resilience building services to 100RC’s member cities grappling with challenges related to displaced populations. The services will support the development of policies and practices for cities in the 100RC Network to better accommodate or integrate forcibly displaced populations. The support will focus both on cities in Europe and Middle East dealing with displaced populations from conflict in the Middle East, as well as cities in the U.S. and the rest of the globe looking to create strategies for assimilating new populations, as cities design and implement their comprehensive Resilience Strategies.

The IRC joins a prestigious group of 100RC “Platform Partners” that have committed to helping cities around the world prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the ‘shocks’ – catastrophic events like hurricanes, fires, and floods – and ‘stresses’ – slow-moving disasters like water shortages, homelessness, and unemployment – which are increasingly part of 21st century life.  The Platform Partners are a vital component of 100RC’s efforts, both providing cities with tools they need to build resilience and influencing the market as other resilience tools are developed. Current Platform Partners represent a wide array of private sector, public sector, NGO, and academic community leaders.

“The needs of refugees living in cities are increasing and present their own set of unique challenges,” said David Miliband, President and CEO of the IRC. “Through partnerships like those with 100RC, the IRC and other humanitarian organizations are better equipped to respond to these challenges appropriately and with the best interest of our beneficiaries in mind.”

The IRC has been working in cities and towns impacted by humanitarian crises for decades. The organization has particular expertise in responding to meet the needs of displaced populations and impacted host communities. They understand that cities require a different set of humanitarian response strategies than those traditionally employed in camp or rural settings and will support 100RC member cities currently hosting forcibly displaced populations. Today, more than ever before, cities are at the forefront of humanitarian crises and are the preferred settings for displaced populations all over the world. The IRC is dedicated to supporting these populations and the cities in which they reside in order to foster more resilient communities overall.

“In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need partnerships with organizations like the IRC to withstand the shocks and stresses of the 21st century,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “By providing their expertise in humanitarian endeavors to our network cities, the IRC is leading by example, and is helping to build a global resilience movement, just when it is needed first.  Cities in the 100RC Network, such as Athens, Greece and Amman, Jordan are on the front lines of housing displaced populations – and the IRC support through 100RC will be critical.”

100RC is dedicated to helping cities become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are a growing part of the 21st century. 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, academic, and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and
  • Membership of a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.

Platform partners are dedicated to providing 100RC network cities with solutions that integrate big data, analytics, technology, resilience land use planning, infrastructure design, and new financing and insuring products. Other 100RC Platform Partners include Microsoft, Swiss Re, Palantir, the World Bank, MWH Global, Veolia, and Sandia National Laboratories.

International Rescue Committee: Philip Carroll (Philip.Carroll@rescue.org)
100 Resilient Cities: Andrew Brenner (ABrenner@100RC.org; 646-612-7236)


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. 100RC currently has 67 member cities. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

About the International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC is currently responding to the arc of crisis stemming from the Syrian conflict, helping those affected within Syria, as well as those who make their way to its neighboring countries, European shores, or find resettlement within the U.S. For more information, visit: www.rescue.org.