Based on existing methods and best practices, Global Resilient Cities Network and its Chief Resilience Officers are co-designing and identifying suitable methodologies to enable cities to plan a resilient recovery. The toolkit provides a reference framework to guide discussions in a phased manner and includes a combination of tools that cities can use on their own based on best practice, as well as methods that will be delivered in collaboration with GRCN.

Our suite of tools enables each city to define their own path to recovery by considering four iterative activities that include: assessing and analyzing the situation, defining a portfolio of action, improving the proposals, and deepening learning.

Characterized by their place-based approach, our toolkit helps local governments to identify opportunities that include not only physical solutions – such as rethinking our streets’ layout to optimize pedestrian and cycling mobility – but also cultural practices, cross-cutting issues and governance arrangements to achieve carbon neutrality in the long-term. Our ongoing collaborations to support cities to integrate resilience in their recovery efforts are based on key phases.


Our partners at the University of Manchester have created a guide to support cities’ recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. In tandem with GRCN’s Toolkit for a Resilient Recovery, it aims to provide a foundation upon which cities can build to create their own recovery strategies and use tools to support decision making.


The Recovery Assessment tools facilitate a deeper understanding of the complex and wide-ranging impacts of the crisis in cities. These are methods and approaches that enable situational analysis with different level of detail to align to the cities’ needs and capacities. As a result, cities will be in a better position to identify interventions and investments relevant to the specific needs in each city.

Choose the tool most suitable to your city based on the questions below:

  • How can we systematize diverse data associated with the Covid-19 emergency?

  • How can I quickly keep record and assess our actions taken in response to Covid-19?

Recovery Impact Assessment

  • Who is affected and how has the crisis affected them?

  • What has helped and what has hindered our Covid-19 response and recovery?

Recovery Resilience Assessment

  • How can I organize a multidisciplinary team to assess the impacts of Covid-19?

  • How can we work towards a long-term monitoring scheme on the effects of Covid-19?

Recovery Needs Assessment


The Portfolio Definition tools ensure cities can identify groups of actions that respond to their specific context and the complex nature of the Covid-19 crisis. The identification of actions through a holistic resilience approach is likely to generate a more robust pipeline of projects able to reflect the diverse needs and gaps emerging from the emergency.

Choose the tool most suitable to your city based on the questions below:

  • How can I filter the actions our city is proposing based on their resilience value?

  • What factors shall I consider to identify the ‘resilience’ value of a group of proposals?

Recovery Action Plan

  • What scenarios shall we consider to plan a recovery?

  • Which systems are more sensitive to emerging economic and social challenges?

Scenario Planning

  • How can we rapidly design a portfolio of actions for a specific complex problem? (e.g. water scarcity)


The Project Enhancement tools maximize the resilience value of planned interventions and investments identified in cities. By exploring each of the projects from a resilience perspective, cities will ensure their investments are more impactful and genuinely respond to existing and emerging stresses and future shocks.

Choose the tool most suitable to your city based on the questions below:

  • How can we integrate resilience principles to our proposals?

  • What shocks and stresses shall we consider in our project proposals?

  • How can we map the co-benefits of a project?

Project Scan

  • We have a really good idea but no plan; how can we rapidly articulate its resilience value and plan its next steps?

Resilience Opportunity Framing

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  • What process and metrics shall we consider designing for a resilience infrastructure project?

Urban Resilience Screen

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The Resilience Deep Dive guides offer qualitative guidance and potential KPIs to help cities explore specific resilience challenges. GRCN in partnership with Arup will collate thematic guiding materials for cities to engage more deeply with scenarios and metrics to identify lessons, thematic agendas and measurement needs.

  • We would like to use this moment to build a sustainable economy in our city.

  • What are relevant KPIs for a more sustainable economy?

Resilience Deep-dive on Sustainable Economy

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  • We would like to use this moment to rethink our approach to resilient infrastructure.

Resilience Deep-dive on Infrastructure

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  • We would like to use this moment to integrate equity principles in our work.

  • Where can we start building a more equitable city?

Resilience Deep-dive on Equity in Cities

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Cities for a Resilient Recovery (C2R) is designed to expand the reach of holistic and equitable resilience to more cities and partners throughout the globe as we recover from Covid-19 and its cascading effects.

Like the other efforts to bring information, best practices and sharing through the C2R platform, this Toolkit for a Resilient Recovery is seeking support and partnership from like-minded and aligned organizations. It is particularly important to have partners that help us and all the municipalities reach scale in this resilient recovery.

If your organization is interested in supporting the roll out and advancement of the Toolkit and/or related C2R efforts, please send us a short email with an introduction to your organization and potential resources/support available.

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