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

January 17, 2020

Ocean Plastics Media Scan: December 2019

Disclaimer: This media scan is intended to share current news and information related to ocean plastics. Items included are not endorsed by and do not represent […]
January 2, 2020

Ocean Plastics Media Scan: November 2019

Disclaimer: This media scan is intended to share current news and information related to ocean plastics. Items included are not endorsed by and do not represent […]
December 13, 2019

Video: Waste Less Arugam Bay

Waste Less Arugam Bay (WLAB) is a social enterprise funded by USAID through the Municipal Waste Recycling Program (MWRP), which offers holistic solutions to plastic related […]
December 11, 2019

Environmental and Natural Resource Management Framework

Introduction  Although the world has made unprecedented development progress since USAID was founded, environmental degradation is eroding the very foundations of the world’s livelihoods. From the […]

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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