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June 2023 Newsletter Recap: Urban

By Climatelinks

Did you miss the Climatelinks June newsletter? We’ve got you covered. Please find a recap of the June 2023 ‘Urban’ theme below. You won’t want to miss this short list of top programs, resources, and blogs from the month. Do you want to contribute to the Climatelinks community? Send us a resource, blog, or event.

As centers of economic activity, civic engagement, and political will, urban communities are well-positioned to proactively manage climate risks. City-led action to reduce emissions in the buildings, transportation, and waste sectors is necessary to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases globally. When combined with transformative adaptation, reducing emissions in these sectors helps build resilient, net-zero cities. 

Fresh Blog Posts

How Improved Sanitation Can Mitigate Climate Change

USAID/Kenya has been working to mitigate methane emissions in the sanitation sector since making the connection between poor sanitation and increased greenhouse gas emissions. The Mission is working with three Kenyan private sector partners to offset methane emissions by turning fecal waste into three different products.

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Editor’s Pick: Urban Resources

As city populations and boundaries grow, increasingly drastic changes in climate will make it more difficult for governments to provide reliable services and adequate resources to city residents. USAID has many helpful resources on climate and urban development, some of which are listed in this blog.

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From Waste to Recovery: Reducing Ocean Plastic Pollution in the Dominican Republic

Over the last decade, up to 95 percent of the waste generated in the Dominican Republic has been discarded in informal and open dumpsites that pose serious environmental and health concerns. USAID is working with the government of the Dominican Republic to address this challenge by supporting informal waste collectors and entrepreneurs.

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New Resources

White Paper: Governance of Infrastructure for Resilience

Practitioners throughout the infrastructure lifecycle need to make decisions and take actions that consider resilience to develop infrastructure that is resilient to climate change and natural hazards. This white paper explores key challenges and opportunities for positive change in implementing resilience for infrastructure.

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Fact Sheet: Supporting Small Businesses in Off-Grid Areas with Cooling, Energy, and Electricity Mobility Services Powered by Solar

Through the Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) Senegal program, USAID awards up to four grants in the range of $75,000 to $150,000 to companies that provide solar-powered cooling, electric mobility, and energy as a service to small businesses that work in agriculture, fisheries, retail, and service industries in off-grid areas. This support allows the small businesses to provide uninterrupted service and expand their offerings to customers.

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Success Story: Mahlathini Development Foundation Leaves a Legacy of Enhanced Livelihoods after USAID Resilient Waters Program Grant 

In January 2020, Resilient Waters awarded a grant to the Mahlathini Development Foundation (MDF) with an emphasis on building local livelihoods through strengthening institutions at the village level in the Mametja-Sekororo region of the Lower Olifant basin in Limpopo. The two-year grant allowed MDF to expand its five-pronged model for smallholder farmer support. 

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Climate Risk Management Spotlight

Climate Risk Management: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Knowledge Management

This companion document helps USAID’s community of development practitioners manage climate risks adaptively, learn from the process, and record and share learning. It covers incorporating climate risk management into monitoring, including performance indicators, context indicators, and monitoring methods; evaluation; learning and adaptive management processes; and knowledge management.

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Call for Content

Share your events and resources or write a blog related to an upcoming monthly theme! Check out our upcoming themes to see if your climate work aligns:

  • July and August: Land
  • September and October: Behavior Change
  • November: COP28

If your USAID-related climate change work relates to these themes, Climatelinks would love to feature your work and share your resources.

Send us a resource or blog.

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration, Mitigation
Emissions, Infrastructure, Urban, Green Cities, Water and Sanitation



Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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