We know that the human and economic costs of disasters are most felt in urban centers, and these costs are only going to soar as cities grow and become more interconnected.
But this increasing complexity is making it even harder for the most vulnerable to find their interests represented.
We believe moments of crisis can create ideal opportunities to grab the attention and deepen the engagement of key decision-makers—like the business community and government bodies—in long-term urban planning that explicitly recognizes the challenge climate change brings. It’s also the ideal moment for local and international NGOs like Mercy Corps to emphasize the concerns of the poor and vulnerable, and make connections between everyone’s interests at the table.
Within a decade, more than 500 cities will have populations exceeding one million, many along coastlines, and all will face disaster. While mega-cities and super-disasters hold the public’s attention, Mercy Corps sees emerging ‘secondary cities’ as a critical place to develop and test groundbreaking approaches to building urban resilience.
We see Indonesia as a learning lab for replication and scale. In fact, 10 cities are beginning to self-finance replication, showing gaining momentum. Read more in the attached PDF.