100 Resilient Cities & Save the Children To Focus on Children in Resilience-building Efforts

Save the Children Joins 100RC Group of Platform Partners, Along with Companies like Microsoft and Swiss Re, Offering Best-In-Class Resilience Building-Tools to Member Cities

December 16, 2016 – 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is today announcing a partnership with Save the Children, which will offer critical resilience building support to 100RC’s member cities initially in Asia. Through the partnership, Save the Children will work on an individual basis with 100RC member cities to build custom approaches to develop early childhood education services, improve children’s health and nutrition, address child poverty and ensure children’s rights. The partnership will bring tactical support to cities, enabling them to create new programs or expand efforts in member cities through Asia.

Save the Children joins a prestigious group of other 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.

“The rapid pace of urbanization in the world’s cities means that we must take into account the needs of their most vulnerable populations – children – if these cities are to become more resilient,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “Through this partnership, Save the Children will seek to work with 100RC cities to improve the health and nutrition for mothers and young children and those affected by HIV/AIDS, protect children from abuse, exploitation, and violence, and ensure they have access to quality educational opportunities early in childhood. This work is critical, both on an ongoing basis and during emergencies, as we partner with communities and ensure they are able to protect and provide for their children.”

“In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need partnerships with organizations like Save the Children to withstand the shocks and stresses of the 21st Century,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “Focusing on human capital development for children and families in cities will help broaden our member cities’ approach to building urban resilience, and respond to the need in our cities for adequate approaches to programs and services for children and families.”

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.

Current Platform Partners represent a wide array of private sector, public sector, NGO, and academic community leaders and include Microsoft, Swiss Re, Palantir, the World Bank, Veolia, Ushahidi, and Sandia National Laboratories.

About Save the Children
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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.


Save the Children: Wendy Christian (WChristian@savechildren.org; 475-999-3059)

100 Resilient Cities: Andrew Brenner (ABrenner@100RC.org; 646-612-7236)