Fragile Cities

The Igarapé Institute, United Nations University, World Economic Forum and 100 Resilient Cities initiative developed a new data visualization platform to track fragility in cities around the world. The platform was also supported by Canada´s Global Affairs and other partners. It is one of the largest publicly available repositories of data on cities in the world.


The platform includes information on over 2,100 cities with populations of 250,000 or more. Cities were graded across 11 variables and given a score between 1-4. Variables range from city population growth, unemployment and inequality to pollution, climate risks, homicide and exposure to terrorism.


The data visualization allows users to explore the data and better understanding the types of risks facing fast growing cities. It will be regularly updated with new data in 2016 and 2017. Later this year it will include time-series information stretching back to 2000 as well as additional functions to improve the user experience.

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