100RC and NIUA Announce National Effort to Build Urban Resilience in India

The partnership builds on previous resilience initiatives in India and includes an open call for a new position in New Delhi, the Resilience Chair, who will oversee state and national level programs.

NEW DELHI, INDIA – Today, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC)  – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation – and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) announced a formal partnership to expand collaborative resilience-building efforts in India.  Earlier this year at the World Urban Forum, Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri oversaw the signing of a letter of intent for the two organisations to collaborate to develop evidence and policy frameworks that can be used by the MoHUA and the Government of India to promote and support the development of resilient cities across the country.  To lead this work, NIUA and 100RC are looking for candidates to fill the newly created position of Resilience Chair.

The partnership brings together theoretical frameworks and practical city-assessments to build local capacity and embed resilience into the heart of urban discourse. This will include convening urban planning institutes, MoHUA, philanthropies, private sector, multilateral financial institutes, and other urban experts to build strong partnerships for advocating resilience in Indian cities and incorporating urban resilience into the India@75 agenda.  The culmination of the partnership is the establishment of the Urban Resilience Unit that that will direct resilience-related activities across urban planning institutes in cities across India.

Amit Prothi, Associate Director, 100 Resilient Cities, said “This partnership will build on the work 100RC has been doing in partnership with Chief Resilience Officers and municipal government in Surat, Pune, Chennai and Jaipur and will seek to help us better define what urban resilience means in an Indian context and how it can support the development of India’s fast growing cities.  This partnership will deepen our impact in the four cities we’re already operating in and will help us spread the practice of resilience to other cities and states supported by robust data and critical stakeholder engagement.”

“With this partnership and new Resilience Chair Unit, NIUA seeks to bring focus and tenacity to the resilience agenda at the national and state levels,” said Jagan Shah, Director, NIUA. “Bringing a holistic perspective and a deeper understanding to bear on the subject of resilience, the Resilience Chair will serve as our leading expert, providing direction on our work in the larger urban sector in India and maximizing the impact of our collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities. This partnership represents a remarkable milestone for NIUA on its journey towards building resilience in India.”

Through this new role, 100RC and NIUA seeks to drive the resilience agenda at the national and state levels. The Resilience Chair, supported by experts and project staff, will bring their resilience expertise and knowledge of the national political landscape to champion the partnership’s priorities over the next two years, including:

  • developing methods, tools and measurement systems to embed resilience in a city’s development agenda;
  • assessing evidence for the ‘cost of resilience’ research studies required across the urban sector;
  • and, establishing ‘data observatories’ to capture relevant data and perform necessary analytics and visualization for modelling resilience scenarios in the city and its region.

100RC and NIUA are currently seeking a suitable candidate to fill this position. Those interested  may follow https://www.niua.org/job-tenders for further information.

100RC has been active in India since 2013, inducting four Indian cities to its global network – Pune (Maharashtra), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Surat (Gujarat) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu). 100RC supports these cities through the appointment of Chief Resilience Officers (CROs) that bring together stakeholders from government and all sectors of society to build resilience. Cities in the network will also gain access to a wide variety of resources and experts from 100RC’s platform partners. Each of these cities will develop their unique Resilience Strategy that will bridge the gaps and fine-tune resilience priorities to form a roadmap and a call to action to achieve its resilience goals. To learn more about India’s resilience challenges and opportunities, please visit www.100resilientcities.org.


For further information, please contact:

Ashley Knapp
aknapp@100RC.org / +65 8168 9481

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 the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city 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.  For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

About National Institute for Urban Affairs

National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is a premier institute for research, capacity building and dissemination of knowledge for the urban sector in India. It promotes evidence-based policy-making and conducts research on urbanization, urban policy and planning, municipal finance and governance, land economics, transit oriented development, urban livelihoods, environment & climate change and smart cities.  The institute was set up to bridge the gap between research and practice, and to provide critical and objective analyses of trends and prospects for urban development.For more information, visit: https://www.niua.org