U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Ocean Plastic Pollution

On July 21, 2020, the Senate Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Committee on Appropriations United States Senate held a hearing to review U.S. government efforts to address ocean plastic pollution internationally. USAID Assistant Administrator Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment Michelle… Read More

Making Public Transportation Work for Urban Women: Challenges and Priorities

By James Ladi Williams, Research Analyst, Ammar Malik, Non-resident Fellow, Sara McTarnaghan, Research Associate at the Urban Institute, a partner in USAID’s Communications, Evidence and Learning (CEL) project. Besides facing domestic and workplace violence, women living in urban areas around the world experience gender-based violence (GBV) in public transportation systems. Read More

Understanding and Addressing Harmful Traditional Practices in Urban Settings

By Matt Eldridge, Policy Program manager, Reehana Raza, Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute, a partner in USAID’s Communications, Evidence and Learning (CEL) project. For millions of women and girls around the globe, particularly those in developing countries, a handful of harmful traditional practices (HTPs), sustained by tradition, have… Read More

Harmful Traditional Practices in Urban Settings: A Review of the Evidence on Prevalence and Effective Interventions

Harmful traditional practices (HTPs) are destructive practices, sustained by tradition, that negatively impact women and girls. While some evidence exists on HTPs broadly, relatively little is known about their prevalence and effective interventions to address them in urban settings. This brief surveys the evidence, identifies knowledge gaps, and makes recommendations for development partners. Read More

Honoring Unsung Heroes in the Fight Against Ocean Plastic Pollution

This World Oceans Day, we want to recognize some of the unsung heroes in the global fight against ocean plastics pollution: independent waste collectors or “waste pickers”. Each year, eight million metric tons of plastic pour into the world’s oceans caused largely by ineffective solid waste management systems of rapidly… Read More

Urban Service Delivery

Effective urban service delivery is key to improving the lives of the rapidly growing number of urban dwellers, particularly in developing countries. In the next three decades, 2.5 billion people will migrate into the world’s urban areas, 90 percent of them in Africa and Asia. Ensuring that urbanization in… Read More

Economic Growth

Economic growth and urbanization are integrally related. Cities are the primary engines of global economic activity, generating over 80 percent of the world’s GDP. Cities offer huge potential to create jobs, foster innovation and creativity, attract investment, and raise incomes—thereby including more citizens in increased growth and prosperity than ever… Read More