USAID’s Urban Programs Team is once again hosting a regular speaking series on important issues in urban development. This monthly speaker series will feature experts who will share the latest findings, best practices, or emerging issues in a casual brownbag session. On June 30, 2011, USAID hosted Mohammad Yunos Nowandish,...
USAID is Making Cities Work
“Your work in addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities of urbanization is essential for the sustainability of our world. As cities confront rapid growth while coping with tight budgets, we must strengthen public private partnerships, enforce good governance, and continue developing innovative financing tools to enable local authorities to balance the needs of their people. The challenges of urbanization are linked to everything, from democracy and human rights, to climate change and global health…”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, March 26, 2010 video address to World Urban Forum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cities and towns are now home to more than half the world’s population. With the developing world absorbing most of this urban growth, harnessing the promise of rapid urbanization is not just a good idea, it’s a necessity. USAID works to strengthen inclusive cities that adequately serve their citizens, encouraging people to live productive lives in safe and healthy communities.