The Urgency to Unearth Creative Ways to Finance Resilience

Member Interview Author: Farraz Theda

A report released by the World Bank in 2016 stated that, each year, urban areas are growing by an average of more than 75 million people – which is a number greater than the population of the world’s 85 smallest countries combined. However, cities and urban dwellers have received too little attention in discussions about climate change impacts and adaptation, especially in relation to financing. It is apparent that the current levels of international funding are insufficient to meet current and future adaptation needs.

The Urgency to Unearth Creative Ways to Finance Resilience

Anna Brown, former Senior Associate Director of The Rockefeller Foundation. She earned her Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shared her lessons learned from her 15 years of experience in sustainable development, and financing resilience practice in Asia and globally.

Ray: Every city is unique

ACCCRN Champion Author: Arfiana Khairunnisa

“The one thing that I love about my job is that it gives the opportunity to ask questions,” said Saon Ray when she was asked about her work as a researcher or senior fellow in the area of the economy and development.

“No question is unimportant or uninteresting to me.”

Mumbai Promise (from ADB's #AreWeThereYet video competition)

The video conveys the existing issues with regards to transportation and tries to convey how with the right approach sustainability can be attributed to it. It takes the case of Mumbai, one of the largest metropolises in the world. Although traffic, noise and air pollution, heavily contested space, stark inequality in the living condition, unaffordability, are issues that nag cities in the developing world, and Mumbai too; there are characteristics to the city that represent a promising scene when one talks about safe and sustainable transpiration.

Losing ground: climate vulnerability of cities in India

India has 130 towns and cities in 84 coastal districts. Climate science is increasingly warning us about the likely impacts of sea-level rise and cyclones on these cities. But are we paying heed? ‘Losing Ground’ maps out the climate vulnerability of two coastal cities in India - Panaji and Visakhapatnam, and builds a case for all coastal cities to start climate proofing their infrastructure and services without losing any more time.