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March 22, 2017

Urban Development Media Scan – 22 March 2017

Here are the recent urban development media items: USAID Request for Information/Sources Sought: Communications, Evidence and Learning Project USAID Urban Champion: Jeffrey Szuchman (3/6/2017) Global The […]
March 21, 2017

Request for Information/Sources Sought: Communications, Evidence and Learning Project

The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), Office of Land and Urban (LU) is issuing a Request for […]
March 9, 2017

Urban Development Media Scan – 9 March 2017

Here are the recent urban development media items: USAID USAID Urban Champion: Jeffrey Szuchman Global How investable is your city? This index promises an answer (3/8/2017) […]
March 6, 2017

USAID Urban Champion: Jeffrey Szuchman

Jeffrey Szuchman is a Senior Policy Analyst in USAID’s Policy Office in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL), where he leads a team that works […]

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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