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.

What's New on UrbanLinks

August 22, 2019

USAID’s Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments (RISE): A Challenge to Address Gender-Based Violence in the Environment

USAID’s Office of Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment is thrilled to announce Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments (RISE): A Challenge to Address Gender-Based Violence in the […]
July 26, 2019

Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) Gender and Urban Services Webinar: Access, decision making, and economic empowerment

This recording was originally published on IUCN website. The webinar highlighted two recent USAID-supported knowledge products on gender and urban services: Advancing Gender in the Environment: […]
July 24, 2019

U.S. Government Awards Grants to Reduce Plastic Pollution in Philippine Oceans

This news was originally published on U.S. Embassy in the Philippines website. The U.S. government awarded two grants totaling Php20 million to local organizations for projects […]
July 18, 2019

USAID Urban Policy: Lessons After Five Years of Implementation

Assessment of the Implementation of USAID’s Urban Policy The Society for International Development Washington Infrastructure and Urban Development Workgroup, on Thursday, August 8, 2019 hosted a […]

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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