Future Cities Africa is off to a Strong Start

Collecting city data

Complementing the risk assessments is resilience.io, an innovative decision-making tool that collects data on a city. Developed by The Ecological Sequestration Trust, resilience.io gathers data from a variety of sources – satellite and earth observation, as well as open government and crowd-sourced economic, social and environmental data – and brings them all together in one place. Resilience.io is unusual in that it understands cities as systems and identifies links between the various sectors, a valuable contribution to resilience that has so far been missing.

Resilience.io is currently being tested in Accra as part of the Future Cities Africa programme. The platform concept was introduced at a workshop in March 2015, and participants identified the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector for the pilot. A working group has been formed in Accra to collaborate with the software development team to guide data collection and exchange views on requirements. A working prototype of resilience.io focused on the WASH sector is expected to be completed in May 2016.