As urban populations continue to grow, development programmers must explore evidence-based, practical guidance on how to strengthen urban resilience.
USAID has released new technical guidance for developing and implementing activities that strengthen the resilience of cities and urban communities. Cities are home to more than half of the world’s population, with the proportion expected to rise to over 70% by 2050. While this trend benefits billions through greater economic opportunity and access to services, shocks and stresses linked to climate change, pandemics, conflict, income inequality, migration and other sources are disrupting the livelihoods, health and quality of life of urban residents. The new guidance — developed for use by USAID staff, implementing partners and other practitioners — provides evidence-based, practical recommendations for programming across a variety of sectors in urban settings. The guidance includessector guides that offer recommendations for applying an “urban resilience lens” to governance,health and power program designs, alongside strategies for integrated programming.
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