Check out the all new UrbanLinks

USAID’s Urban Team is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved UrbanLinks website. As USAID’s central hub for information about urban topics and programs, UrbanLinks provides valuable tools, resources, and insights from across the Agency and from our partners.

Cross-Sector Resources

Rapid urbanization touches upon practically all important development issues – enabling economic growth, strengthening democratic governance, protecting the environment, and fostering self-reliance. UrbanLinks brings together information on the connections between urban trends and issues and other key development sectors, such as democracy and governance, energy and environment, and women’s economic empowerment.

Emerging Urban Issue: Combating Ocean Plastic Pollution

UrbanLinks is also the hub for the Agency’s growing portfolio of work on ocean plastics. Why? Most of the plastic waste flowing into the ocean comes from cities in the developing world that lack the systems, infrastructure, and governance to effectively manage their waste. USAID is taking a local systems approach to strengthening waste management and recycling systems in the cities that contribute the most to this global program. Learn more at

Join the UrbanLinks CommunityUSAID Missions and implementing partners are invited to submit your urban success stories, evaluations, insights, and project reports to be published on the site. Please email submissions to

UrbanLinks offers two separate newsletters to help you stay up to date with topics of interest:

  • A newsletter on urban trends and cross-sectoral issues.
  • A newsletter on our growing portfolio on ocean plastic pollution.
  • To receive the latest news and updates on USAID’s work in the urban sector and on ocean plastics, please sign up or update your subscription to our monthly newsletters.

Questions or Comments

For general questions about USAID Urban, please contact For questions about USAID’s ocean plastics work, please contact