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November 5, 2018

Photo Feature: Municipal Waste Recycling Program

  Eight million tons of plastic waste are discarded into the word’s ocean annually- the equivalent of dumping an entire garage struck of plastic into the […]
October 26, 2018

Municipal Waste Recycling Program

Municipal Waste Recycling Program (MWRP) Indonesia | Philippines | Sri Lanka | Vietnam With rapid global population growth and urbanization, municipal waste generation is expected to […]
October 25, 2018

From Waste to Work: Taking Action on Ocean Plastics

  The United Nations projects that by 2050 over two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Ninety percent of that increase will take place in Asia […]
October 3, 2018

USAID Urban Champion: Mike Keshishian

Mike Keshishian is a Local Government Specialist in USAID’s Office of Democracy, Rights and Governance. He has worked for USAID since 1998, with a primary focus […]
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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