WBI Course Strengthens the Capacities of Urban Officials to Promote Climate Resilient Cities

12 November 2012. Climate change causes extreme events, such as floods, drought and storms, and sea level rise, affecting cities’ basic services and infrastructures as well as human livelihoods and health. In order to strengthen the capacity of city officials in developing countries to prepare for these challenges, the World Bank Institute (WBI) is offering a new session of the E-learning Course on Safe and Resilient Cities, from 19 November to 19 December 2012. Deadline for application is 15 November 2012. 

This e-learning course focuses on disaster risk management (DRM) at the city level. Participants will learn, in particular, about planning and decision making under uncertainty and how to make their cities more resilient to climate change impacts and natural disasters. The course provides cutting edge tools on vulnerability assessment, institutional assessment and gap analysis, and on how to access finance for risk management.

This course is divided into 4 modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction (12 hours)
  • Module 2: Technical Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment (12 hours)
  • Module 3: Accessing Finance for Urban DRM and Resilience (8 hours)
  • Module 4: Building and Implementing the Local Resilience Action Plan (LRAP) (8 hours)

The course includes case studies from cities from around the world, presentations, videos and a selection of useful readings for further in-depth knowledge. In addition, discussion forums will be organized and facilitated around each module, fostering participation and knowledge sharing among peers. Assignments will have to be completed according to the proposed schedule in order to successfully conclude and receive a certificate. 

Upon completion of the course, each city participant should be able to form a team in charge of urban resilience planning, develop a LRAP, including operational measures (regarding city governance, infrastructure of environmental services, health, access to financial services, education, etc.), and define an implementation strategy. 

For further information please contact Rasha Rayes (wbicc@worldbank.org) or visit: http://einstitute.worldbank.org/ei/course/safe-and-resilient-cities-0