Robert Muggah

Where Are the World’s Most Fragile Cities?

Robert Muggah is Research Director at the Igarapé Institute.

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The following is an excerpt from the article “Where are the world’s most fragile cities?”, originally published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The full data visualization can be found here.

“Cities, not nation states, are defining the shape and character of security and development in the twenty first century. Decisions being made in fast-growing cities in Africa, Asia and the Americas are determining the future trajectories of everything from climate change to migration.

Although many commentators are mesmerised by the power and potential of 100 or so global cities, virtually nothing is known about thousands of cities that are much less prepared to cope with tomorrow’s crises. 

In order to understand the dimensions of city fragility, the Igarapé InstituteUnited Nations University,World Economic Forum and 100 Resilient Cities developed a data visualisation platform. The consortium focused on 2,100 cities with populations of 250,000 or more. Cities were graded across 11 variables, including population growth rates, unemployment, income inequality, access to basic services (electricity), pollution levels, homicide rates, terrorism-related deaths, conflict events, and natural hazards (including the extent of exposure to cyclones, droughts and floods).”

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