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February 17, 2017

USAID Launches Municipal Waste Recycling Program in Southeast Asia

By Darren Manning, Urban Development Officer, USAID’s E3/Land and Urban Office Asian countries are responsible for more than half of the plastic waste in the world’s […]
February 9, 2017

Urban Development Media Scan – 9 February 2017

Here are the recent urban development media items: Global FACTBOX-Rocketing urban growth challenges city resilience (1/31/2017) Source: Reuters Mayors’ Toolkit Offers Picture of Equitable Development in […]
January 30, 2017

Municipal Waste Recycling Program Annual Program Statement

The purpose of this Annual Program Statement (APS) is to solicit grant applications for funding available through the Municipal Waste Recycling Program (MWRP) from organizations in […]
January 26, 2017

Urban Development Media Scan – 26 January 2017

Here are the recent urban development media items: USAID  USAID launches Massive Open Online Course on Land Tenure and Property Rights – which includes a module […]

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.


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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