Announcing the Winners of the 2023 Urbanlinks Photo Contest!

We are excited to announce the winners of the inaugural Urbanlinks 2023 Photo Contest! Over 80 submissions representing 12 countries were submitted to the contest. Submissions to the four themes of Air Quality, Climate, Ocean Plastics, and Urban Communities highlight the work that USAID engages in with local partners, alongside… Read More

Clean Air Catalyst

Clean Air Catalyst is a global partnership launched in 2020 by USAID to find lasting solutions to air and climate pollution that also contribute to addressing its inequitable effects in the most polluted urban regions around the world. Read More

Black Gold: How Sale of Catalytic Converters Puts Lives in Danger

Catalytic converters are essential for removing up to 98% of the pollutants coming out of a vehicle’s tailpipe, especially tiny particulate matter (known as PM2.5) that can lodge in the lungs and cause severe health complications. In Africa, they are often removed from vehicles as part of a lucrative, black,… Read More

Clean Air Catalyst Fact Sheet – Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, has experienced accelerated growth in both population and economic output in the last two decades driven by its role as an international and regional hub for commerce, transport, regional cooperation, and economic development. Its population has increased from 1.4 million in the 1990s to more than… Read More

60 Kenyan innovators selected for $70,000 Mombasa Plastics Prize

By Kang’ethe Njoroge The Mombasa Plastics Prize has selected 60 innovators whose ideas have been selected to tackle marine plastic pollution along the coastline of Mombasa County.   Aged 18-25, the finalists are grouped into 15 teams and are now in a race to be one of the top three teams… Read More

Analytical Brief on Economic Growth in East Africa

The “Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade in East Africa” Analytical Brief is intended to provide an overview of economic growth, trade, and agriculture in the East African countries of Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Somalia. Read More