Our Mission

The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center will reach One Billion People with resilience solutions to climate change, migration and human security challenges by 2030.
We focus our efforts on people, communities, governments, and institutions to help them better prepare for, navigate and recover from the multiple shocks and stressors people all over the world face every day.

The Issues

Addressing climate change, migration, and security challenges—affecting all geographies—is more urgent than ever. There is a critical need to build resilience for individuals, communities, and institutions to better understand, prepare for, and withstand these interrelated threats. Together, we must act to ensure a secure and more prosperous world. While not all problems can be solved, the promise of progress rests in our willingness to address challenges head on.

Take a look at our framework for more details on how we meet our goal »

natural disaster damage worldwide from 2014-2018
Natural disasters including wildfires, hurricanes, and tsunamis inflicted $178 billion of damage and claimed 10,400 lives worldwide in 2018 alone.

Climate Change

The growing urgency of the here-and-now threats posed by climate change—demonstrated by rising instances and impacts of floods, droughts, famines, and other natural disasters—necessitates improving the ability of individuals, communities, and institutions to prepare for, navigate, and recover from disruptions. Building resilience to climate change risks will require developing a variety of tools for vulnerable people and communities, through partnerships with policymakers, the global NGO community and corporate leaders.

people forcibly displaced every day
45,000 people forced to flee their homes due to conflict or disaster. In 2017, the number reached a record high for the sixth year in a row.


Whether driven by climate-related disasters, conflict, famine, or poverty, hundreds of millions of people are migrating within their regions or across the globe—with nearly 70 million people forcibly displaced from their homes today. We will help create the enabling conditions that allow for success in local and global efforts, using a variety of policy, financial and technological solutions, to address these challenges.

3 billion
Predicted worldwide slum population in 2050
The present worldwide slum population, which, if left unchecked, will multiply threefold to 3 billion by the year 2050


“Risks are concentrated in informal settlements” is emphasized by scientists in the latest IPCC report, and as populations swell in these areas globally, these risks will be an increasingly difficult challenge to manage.

Living in inadequate housing, in flood-prone areas or through extreme heat events without proper access to water and cooling are only some of the norms these vulnerable groups are enduring. Leveraging existing, proven strategies from our research and with on-the-ground partners, we can build a more secure and equitable future for all.

The stakes are high

The need is urgent

We are seeing the deep, broad, and growing impacts of climate change, migration, and security risks. Natural disasters are increasing in scale and scope. Hundreds of millions of people are migrating across the globe—whether displaced by climate related disasters, violence, famine, or poverty.  Changes in our structural, natural, and digital environment are leaving us increasingly exposed. The consequences of all three of these trends are likely to increase in number and complexity absent meaningful, immediate action.

We are all vulnerable

These risks are felt across the globe. While vulnerable populations will feel some specific impacts most acutely, the effects of climate change are wide-reaching. The impacts of migration are being felt in the developing and developed world alike. Security challenges worldwide threaten our social fabric, our physical infrastructure, and our increasingly digital society.

We must act

Building a more resilient world is not just a necessity and a moral imperative—it is an opportunity. Ensuring climate resilience in our communities, mitigating the impacts of migration trends, and empowering individuals, communities, and institutions to be more secure creates the conditions for a more sustainable economy and prosperous planet.

The Center will deploy a range of evidence-based and innovative approaches, including policy frameworks, finance and risk transfer tools, and technology and communications strategies, including the performing arts, to reach its goal of one billion people by 2030.

Join the resilience movement

This is an ambitious goal that we can only accomplish with your help. Please consider joining us to advance this important movement.