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September 21, 2017

Urban Development Media Scan – 21 September 2017

USAID USAID Opportunity: Democracy Fellow, Conflict, Fragility & Peacebuilding Caribbean Hurricanes USAID Urban Champion: Montserrat Acosta Visiting Sri Lanka and Vietnam with USAID’s Municipal Waste Recycling […]
August 29, 2017

Highlights from the Cities Development Initiative

U.S. Government and Legazpi City enter into partnership to promote inclusive and resilient urban growth U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission […]
August 28, 2017

Visiting Sri Lanka and Vietnam with USAID’s Municipal Waste Recycling Program

By Darren Manning, Urban Development Officer, USAID From May 20 to June 2, I visited Sri Lanka and Vietnam with implementing partner Development Innovations Group (DIG) […]
August 26, 2017
Montserrat Acosta

USAID Urban Champion: Montserrat Acosta

  Montserrat Acosta is a Climate Change Adaptation Specialist at the USAID Mission in the Dominican Republic, where she is originally from. She manages the CLIMA […]
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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