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.

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December 4, 2019

Ocean Plastics Media Scan: October 2019

Forbes: We Need the World’s Ocean Philanthropies to Join the Fight Against Ocean Plastic   Proving the plastics recycling investment case is the best way to attract […]
December 4, 2019

Divers clean action video

Diver’s Clean Action is an MWRP grantee working to increase plastics recycling and improve livelihoods by expanding the number of local participants engaged in the community-based […]
October 23, 2019

How Can Cities Fuel International Economic Development? Takeaways from the World Bank’s Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference

By Lydia Lo In September, urban economists and international development experts gathered in Washington for the World Bank’s sixth annual Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference.   […]
October 22, 2019

Despite Challenges, Urban Microgrids Increase Resilience

This blog was originally published on Chemonics website. By Michael Ashford | Lisa Pagkalinawan Urban microgrids can harness underutilized sources of low-emission energy in cities — […]

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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