What We Do

USAID’s urban programming focuses on systems-based, holistic approaches to development that integrate food security, economic growth, health, education, environment, and resilience programming in a context of urbanization. Partnerships, private sector engagement, and local capacity building are central to our efforts. Together, we can help the cities of today become vibrant centers of the future with opportunity for all.

What's New on UrbanLinks

October 10, 2019

Indonesian Foundation Working to Reduce Ocean Plastic Pollution Wins Google.org Support

Google.org, the charitable arm of Google, issued an open call to organizations around the world to submit their ideas for how they could use artificial intelligence […]
October 10, 2019

USAID Awards New Project to Prevent Ocean Plastic Pollution

On August 29th, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a $48 million contract to reduce and prevent ocean plastic pollution around the world. Clean […]
October 7, 2019

Ocean Plastics Media Scan: September 2019

Fortune: Preventing Plastic Waste is a Global Crisis- and an Investment Opportunity Investors and companies around the world are beginning to see the global plastics pollution […]
September 17, 2019
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Monitoring and Evaluation for Climate Adaptation Initiatives: Lessons from the Philippines

This post was originally published on Climatelinks. Increasingly, cities are taking control of assessing local risks associated with climate change and implementing adaptation activities to build […]

Highlights

Our Approach

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.

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Assessment of the Implementation of USAID’s Urban Policy

This assessment is designed to understand the extent to which USAID has implemented the Urban Policy as intended since its release in 2013. It assesses the progress, challenges, and lessons learned and recommends actions that the Agency can take to improve the effectiveness of the Urban Policy for the next five years.

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