City leaders in Africa are challenged to build urban water resilience, where communities have enough safe, reliable, and affordable water they need to survive and thrive through sustainable, adaptive, and resilient urban water systems.

The Urban Water Resilience initiative is currently working to help six cities overcome water challenges. Watch these videos to see what residents and community leaders of Addis Ababa and Kigali are doing to build urban water resilience — and how the cities can address water challenges.

 

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's fast-growing capital city, has limited access to safe water and sanitation. Water shortages, increasing flooding, pollution, and rising demand for water affects urban farmers who depend on crops for their livelihood. To address these challenges, WRI worked with partners to identify nine vision areas that address community concerns and advance urban water resilience in Addis Ababa, and the city has developed a holistic, inclusive urban water resilience action plan.

 

Kigali

Kigali, Rwanda's capital city, faces rapid urbanization and increasing climate change impacts. The city's unique topography makes it more prone to flooding and landslides. Flooding and extreme weather threaten food production. To address these challenges, WRI worked with partners to identify 10 vision areas that address community concerns and advance urban water resilience in Kigali, and the city is developing a holistic, inclusive urban water resilience action plan.