The purpose of Making Cities Work is to provide access to short- and long-term technical services, training, and capacity-building in areas related to improving urban and local governance. Making Cities Work enables USAID Missions and Washington Bureaus to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the unprecedented pace of urbanization around the world and support USAID’s implementation of the Agency’s Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World policy.
Making Cities Work can provide technical assistance in five functional areas
- Improved urban and local government public service delivery with an emphasis on transportation, water and sanitation, and solid waste management;
- Greater autonomy, transparency, responsiveness and accountability of urban and local governments;
- Enhanced ability of urban and local governments to adapt to climate change, improve environmental management practices and expand pollution control systems;
- Better urban and local government disaster preparedness, response and recovery; and
- Strengthened urban and local government finance, creditworthiness and borrowing.
In addition to these five technical areas, Making Cities Work can undertake these additional activities:
- Training of USAID staff or partner community members;
- Construction in support of technical assistance activities;
- Grants Under Contract; and
- Commodity purchases.