Over the last few months, we’ve seen our African member cities make critical progress taking on their most pressing shocks and stresses.
In this new video, Chief Resilience Officers and resilience team members from Accra, Addis Ababa, and Cape Town shared how their cities are approaching the urgent challenges of our time. From informal development to community engagement, they explore what resilience means in the African context.
Last month, 100 Resilient Cities took part in the International Urban Conference in Cape Town. The Conference provided us a unique opportunity to connect and learn about the most innovative work happening in cities around Africa and the world. We also joined resilience teams from Cape Town and Accra for an important dialogue on how informal development affects resilience-building efforts in African cities.
Earlier this year, Addis Ababa introduced Fitsumbrhan Tsegaye, the city’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer, and announced the creation of the city’s Resilience Project Office. An active spokesperson for urban resilience, Fitsum shared his perspective on Addis Ababa’s resilience journey and the challenges and opportunities the city faces in the future.
100RC member cities in the region are evaluating their relationship with water. The last year has presented both drought and flash floods in Nairobi, water scarcity and recurrent flooding in Accra, drought conditions in Cape Town – complex challenges exacerbated by the 21st-century trends of urbanization and climate change.
In Cape Town, a combination of water demand management and successful water-saving efforts in households and agriculture have helped the city delay once-imminent Day Zero. 100RC is committed to supporting Cape Town, now out of emergency response mode, as it develops long-term solutions to build a resilient water supply system which will allow the city to thrive under future dry conditions.
On World Water Day and every day, we’re excited to continue sharing news and working with African cities on building a more resilient continent.