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Cities Under Stress: Building Urban Resilience

This project aims to understand the causes of urban fragility and the drivers of violence and under-development in cities, and asks how cities can manage, adapt, and recover from internal and external stresses and crises.

  When governed effectively, urbanization can improve the lives of citizens and bring growth to nations; where cities thrive, literacy and education improve and employment opportunities abound. There are many lessons to be learned in urban spaces where productive government, positive management and service delivery, and innovative spatial organization have prevented instability, rebuilt communities after conflict, and helped to address the growing challenges posed by extreme urbanization.

IPI co-hosted a seminar in Singapore in April 2014 to discuss these issues, and experts will gather at IPI in June 2014 to continue the discussion, with presentations on three additional cases—Lagos, Port-au-Prince, and Medellin. In late 2014, the six case studies will be compiled along with the key insights from both seminars, in a publication that examines urban fragility and offers recommendations to foster resilience.

Program Staff

Francesco Mancini
Senior Director of Research
Andrea OSúilleabháin
Policy Analyst