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January 11, 2017

Urban Development Media Scan – 13 January 2017

Here are the recent urban development media items: USAID UrbanLinks Event on February 1: Financing Urban Infrastructure USAID Urban Champion: Kevin Nelson (1/6/2017) Global How to ensure […]
January 4, 2017

Upcoming UrbanLinks Event: Financing Urban Infrastructure

USAID’s E3/Urban Team is launching a new event series that will examine important issues in urban development and feature experts who can share innovative ideas and […]
December 29, 2016

Urban Development Media Scan – 29 December 2016

Here are the recent urban development media items: Global 2016 reveals deadly dangers of air pollution (12/27/2016) Source: The Herald Strategizing Urban Policies for the Anthropocene […]
December 20, 2016

New Monthly Feature: USAID Urban Champions

Each month, we will feature profiles of Urban Champions within USAID to learn about their work advancing sustainable urbanization. Kevin Nelson is the new Urban Team […]

Urban Gender Analysis and Strategy

As cities have expanded, urban services have often not satisfied the basic needs of urban residents, especially the urban poor. Services are plagued by poor planning and operating capacity, corruption, inadequate maintenance, unresponsiveness to user demand, and negative environmental impacts. These gaps do not affect populations uniformly: women, youth, the disabled, and growing numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are most affected. Compared with men, women in cities face unequal access to work, housing, health, education and representation in urban governance.

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USAID's Urban Policy

On October 31, 2013, USAID released its "Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World" policy. The policy seeks to harness the opportunity of urbanization to better enable USAID to achieve its key objectives, including addressing climate change, improving global health, and achieving food security.

From USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah: “I am pleased to announce the release of USAID’s new Policy on Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World. Building on decades of experience delivering results for urban communities, this policy offers principles for strengthening the effectiveness and sustainability of service delivery where the majority of the global population lives today. Indeed, more people live in urban areas today than in rural areas.

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The world is becoming increasingly urban... Each day nearly 180,000 will move to cities...


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