Addis Ababa’s Resilience Journey

Addis Ababa is the largest city in Ethiopia and home to 25% of the country’s urban population. Population growth fueled by rural migration puts the city on pace to double in size within 15 years, straining existing public services, especially including clean water and sanitation. Recent measures to increase resilience include the development of a BRT line to alleviate urban congestion and a public work programs to address an unemployment rate above 22%.

Rapid urbanization has also increased the risk of deadly fires in Addis Ababa. Many of these residential occur in informal settlements, making it harder for emergency responders to contain fires once they start.

Addis Ababa’s Resilience Challenge

Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
Disease Outbreak
Infrastructure Failure
Rainfall Flooding
Water Insecurity


The project office will create resilience building program, specifically designed to break down existing barriers at the local level, account for pre-existing resilience plans, and create partnerships, alliances, and financing mechanisms that will address the resilience vulnerabilities of all city residents.

Our Vision

To see a resilient city in 2023 that can withstand shocks and stresses the city faces.

Our Mission

By creating partnership globally and regionally and with different developmental partners create a resilient Addis Ababa that can withstand the environmental economical and social challenges.

Our Values

Accountability, Participatory, Scientificness, Exemplary,Transparency, Competence, Excellence





In December 2016 Addis Ababa is selected as one of the 100 Resilient Cities out of 1,000 competitive cities by the Rockefeller Foundation. The 100 Resilient Cities Network  would help Addis be a good model to various cities as it has been investing massively putting in place eco-friendly infrastructure and creating thousands of jobs in the booming construction.

3600000Population as of 2013

647Built-up Land Area Square KM

3Urban Land Expansion Rate per Year

30000Max Density People per Square Meter

Resilience is about surviving and thriving, regardless of the challenge


Email us with any questions, inquires or call. We would be happy to answer your questions and set up a meeting with you.
Address: Arat Kilo, Behind Tourist Hotel
Phone: 251-111-265-840
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