100RC & GIZ Announce Partnership to Strengthen Asian Cities

GIZ Will Provide Experience and Knowledge Sharing within the Sectors of Water, Energy, Food Security/Land use and Solid Waste Management

GIZ joins 100RC Group of Platform Partners, along with Companies like Microsoft and Swiss Re, Offering Best-In-Class Resilience Building-Tools to Member Cities

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH joins a prestigious group of other “Platform Partners” that have committed to helping cities around the world prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the ‘shocks’ – catastrophic events like hurricanes, fires, and floods – and ‘stresses’ – slow-moving disasters like water shortages, homelessness, and unemployment – which are increasingly part of 21st century life.  The Platform Partners are a vital component of 100RC’s efforts, both providing cities with tools they need to build resilience and influencing the market as other resilience tools are developed. Current Platform Partners represent a wide array of private sector, public sector, NGO, and academic community leaders.  GIZ’s service offering will help cities understand the problems in their water, wastewater, solid waste, energy efficiency and food production sectors, and help cities understand the potential solutions to “closing the loop” between water, energy and land use/food security.

“In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need partnerships with companies like GIZ to withstand the shocks and stresses of the 21st century,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities.  “GIZ sharing their experiences in Innovative Waste Water and Solid Waste Management to some of our network cities is helping to build a global resilience movement, just when it is needed first.”

100RC is dedicated to helping cities become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are a growing part of the 21st century.

“GIZ is very excited to join 100RC as Platform Partner and to provide our expertise for the important task of building more resilient cities in Asia. At the same time, we are happy to further our network with other platform partners and to exchange experiences with them. We are looking forward to a good cooperation.” – Jochen Quinten, Director Market and Portfolio Development, GIZ

Each city in the 100RC network receives four concrete types of support:

  • Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts;
  • Technical support for development of a robust Resilience Strategy;
  • Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public, academic, and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and
  • Membership of a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.

Platform partners are dedicated to providing 100RC network cities with solutions that integrate big data, analytics, technology, resilience land use planning, infrastructure design, and new financing and insuring products. Other 100RC Platform Partners include Microsoft, Swiss Re, the World Bank, MasterCard, Veolia, and Sandia National Laboratories.

About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation 

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

About GIZ

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federal enterprise with worldwide operations. We support the German Government in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education activities around the globe. Through our work we assist people and societies in shaping their own future and improving living conditions. For more information, visit www.giz.de

The urban “nexus” in Asian cities is a concept for designing sustainable urban development solutions. The nexus approach was developed prior the Rio+20 conference and supports the actors in identifying potential synergies between the sectors water, energy and food security in cities. The “Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: the urban Nexus Project”, financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) promotes the nexus approach by giving advisory service to cities to plan and manage in an integrated manner utilising synergy effects and, hence, contributing to a better resource efficiency.


100 Resilient Cities: Andrew Brenner (ABrenner@100RC.org; 646-612-7236)

GIZ: presse@giz.de; +49 6196 79 4466