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August 11, 2017

Urban Development Media Scan – 10 August 2017

USAID Urban Resilience Planning for Secondary African Cities: A Case Study of Mozambique Global Sprawl Can Be Beautiful—if Cities Learn to Manage Growth (8/10/2017) Source: Bloomberg […]
July 27, 2017

Urban Development Media Scan – 27 July 2017

USAID Urban Resilience Planning for Secondary African Cities: A Case Study of Mozambique Global Cities set the pace on fighting poverty, climate change but who will […]
July 27, 2017

Urban Resilience Planning for Secondary African Cities: A Case Study of Mozambique

Much of Africa’s rapid urban growth is happening in towns and secondary cities that drive social and economic transformation. These secondary cities, especially those located along […]
July 12, 2017

Urban Development Media Scan – 14 July 2017

Global Upgrade slums, expand rentals to ease urban housing crisis: researchers (7/12/2017) Source: Reuters A guide to fixing the urban housing crisis (7/12/2017) Source: Devex As […]
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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