...in thinking

Resilience Engineered

Three films to demystify resilience, funded by The Resilience Shift, developed in collaboration with the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

Summary for Urban Policymakers

A summary for urban policymakers, presenting the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments in targeted summaries that can help inform action at the city scale.

Resilient Leadership

Real-time learning from the Covid crisis was captured over 16 weeks of interviews with senior leaders, providing insights into what makes resilient leadership, and how to lead for resilience.

...in practice

Infrastructure Pathways

A resource for practitioners in search of clear, easy-to-navigate guidance on climate-resilient infrastructure, compiled from hundreds of leading resources, and organized by lifecycle phase.


Diagram of a working port


A multi-stakeholder, whole-systems approach is needed for ports to become low carbon resilient gateways to growth, as a meeting point of critical infrastructure systems, cities and services.


Resilience Realized

The Resilience Realized Awards recognise projects around the world at the cutting edge of resilience.

City Water Resilience Approach

CWI Wheel diagram


Download the step by step methodology to help cities collaboratively build resilience to local water challenges, mapped with the OurWater online governance tool, as used by cities around the world.

City Characterisation Report: Addis Ababa

The City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) helps cities plan and implement actions to build resilient urban water systems. A critical first step in this process is understanding the local water system, and the factors that contribute to or detract from resilience.

This report details research undertaken in Addis Ababa with the goals to:

– Define the city water basin including natural basin(s), the urban water system and its governance structure, and the interdependencies with other systems

– Identify the factors contributing to the resilience of the city water system and those increasing its vulnerability.

In developing this characterisation report, the team collected desktop data on the biophysical characteristics of the basin and key actors in the water system.

The Addis Ababa city characterization report is part of the African Urban Water Resilience Initiative and supports pathways towards urban water resilience in post COVID-19 recovery. It is an important milestone part of the implementation of the Addis Ababa Resilience Strategy action 32 – Building of a Water Resilient City, and aims to assess the water basin and systems, key assets and governance through applying the City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA).

Publication date: 19 May, 2021
Authors: Martin Shouler, Louise Ellis (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Katrin Bruebach (Resilient Cities Network), Smita Rawoot, World Resources Institute.