WBI Invites Applications to E-learning Course on Safe and Resilient Cities

8 May 2012. The incidence of climate change increases the vulnerability of urban areas to natural hazards such as floods, typhoons, see-level rise, and drought. In order to strengthen the capacities of city officials in developing countries to effectively address these challenges, the World Bank Institute offers a new round of its e-learning course on Safe and Resilient Cities, from 4 to 29 June 2012. The deadline for applications is 21 May 2012. 

This 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. It 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 Ms. Federica Ranghieri (wbicc@worldbank.org) or visit: http://einstitute.worldbank.org/ei/course/safe-and-resilient-cities-0

The application form is available at: http://info.worldbank.org/etools/wbi_learning/sec/app_form.cfm?sch_id=URD11-00-413.