The USAID-funded Asia Resilient Cities (ARC) Project will address cross-cutting urban development challenges in secondary cities in Asia by promoting sustainable urban growth; supporting resilient, low-carbon urban infrastructure; and integrating climate change and environmental considerations into approaches. ARC will use sustainable and participatory methods to help cities fulfill their goals. To that end, we will create relationships between residents, governments, and other stakeholders that will endure after the project. The ARC objectives are to:
- Improve availability and quality of resilient infrastructure and services.
- Harness economic growth.
- Improve capacity to address climate change and environment.
ARC will partner with cities and their residents to create more resilient and livable environments in the face of shocks. We will co-design approaches that support sustainable urban growth and integrate climate change considerations. Partner cities will move along the three steps of the USAID Resilience Conceptual Framework (absorb, adapt, transform) to overcome challenges and sustain results.
City residents are ARC’s biggest resource for making change. ARC will collaborate with them to set the city agenda, change the economy, and advocate for what their communities need. Our team will also cultivate human resources in city government, the business community, other funder’s projects, and civil society.
The JSI-led ARC consortium includes BRAC, DevTech Systems, Inc., and ICF. ARC will build on JSI’s learning from the Building Healthy Cities project, using systems thinking to create meaningful multi-sector initiatives.