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Urban Resilience in Africa


Urban resilience is a critical element of sustainable development. Resilience relates to the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions and systems to absorb and address an increasingly complex range of shocks.

More resilient cities contribute to development regardless of whether disaster strikes, by avoiding losses, unlocking economic potential by de-risking investment, and generating development benefits through improved risk mitigation and management.

We’re focused on how to build more sustainable, insurable cities and infrastructure by:

  • Generating evidence to underwrite for urban resilience
  • Developing data and risk models to shape products and collaboration
  • Creating platforms for dialogue and action
  • Building underwriter capacity to manage infrastructure risk

This body of work focuses on resilience as an ongoing process for cities to survive and thrive.

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