Following the recent launch of the 100 Resilient Cities programme, the Rockefeller Foundation has strongly suggested that Kenyan cities apply for the grant. Cities are adjudicated based on a range of criteria, one of the foremost being planning for needs of the urban poor.
Capital FM reports: Speaking while making the announcement in Nairobi, the Rockefeller Foundation Managing Director Africa Mamadou Bitiye said that it is important that urban centres are able to withstand shocks and stresses – natural, climate-driven and man-made and bounce back more quickly.
“With 75 percent of people expected to live in the cities by 2050, we look forward to applying our expertise and investment to help more cities weather and emerge stronger for the challenges of our 21st century world,” he said.
He urged Kenyan cities to apply for the funding. If Kenyan cities are selected, they will receive support to create a resilience plan, along with tools and resources for implementation and support to hire or fund a Chief Resilience Officer in their city to oversee the development of a resilience strategy.
“We would like to see Kenyan cities committed to work to build resilience, whether they are very well advanced or at the beginning, the commitment has to be there,” he explained.
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