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February 20, 2018

The Case of Jordan: Empowering Municipalities to Improve Public Service Delivery

Quick infusions of public services are usually a surefire way for local officials to increase their political capital. But pushing through reforms that spur longer-term economic […]
February 20, 2018

Working together to Achieve Safe Urban Sanitation in Nigeria

The USAID WASH Stakeholder Retreat 2017 is the first for the Kaduna Environmental Protection Agency staff…and has widened our vision of the possibility…for a sanitation standard […]
February 20, 2018

Governor Mohammed Abubakar Fast Tracks Bauchi Water Board’s Reform with Support from USAID’s WASH Coordination Project

Just months after the launch of the USAID WASH Coordination Project (WCP), the Bauchi State Governor, Barrister Abubakar issued an Executive Memorandum on February 27, 2017, […]
February 15, 2018

Urban Development Media Scan – 15 February 2018

USAID Annual Program Statement: Municipal Waste Recycling Program Recorded Webinar – Women in Waste Management: An Opportunity USAID Urban Blog Series: South Africa: A New Model […]
Urban Gender Analysis and Strategy
Cities play a key role in building a better future.

Urban Gender Analysis and Strategy

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
Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World

USAID's Urban Policy

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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