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By identifying stresses and prioritizing the needs of populations who are marginalized and in vulnerable situations, urban resilience approaches can help address inequalities. Kolkata, India. | Photo Credit: Abhijit Kar Gupta, CC-by-2.0

May 2023 Newsletter Recap: Urban

By Climatelinks

Did you miss the Climatelinks May newsletter? We’ve got you covered. Please find a recap of the May 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 extreme weather events become more frequent, cities are creating innovative solutions to provide reliable services and resilient infrastructure to their residents. From reducing emissions and pollution to managing water resources and preparing for heat waves and flooding, this newsletter explores the proactive actions cities can take to build sustainable, net-zero communities that safeguard both the environment and the well-being of their inhabitants.

Fresh Blog Posts

Highlights from USAID Climate Strategy Focus Groups with Implementing Partners

USAID conducted focus groups with partner organizations to advance the Climate Strategy’s “Do Our Part” Special Objective, which focuses on addressing climate change and climate justice. Partners shared ongoing efforts, challenges, and ideas, enabling USAID to better support them and advance the Strategy’s goals.

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Editor’s Pick: Urban Blogs

Discover how USAID is helping to advance climate-resilient urban communities. These blog posts on implementing energy-efficient microgrids, financing resilient urban infrastructure,  conducting post-event resilience assessments, and more shed light on the positive impacts of local leadership and collaborative efforts to address climate challenges in cities around the world.

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Groundbreaking Discovery Finds Niger to be the Most Groundwater-Rich Country in the Sahel Region

Research conducted in Niger using innovative technology has identified the country as the most groundwater-rich in the Sahel region – with nearly ten times more water volume than Lake Chad. Tapping into these abundant resources can enable small-scale farmers to improve food security, strengthen resilience to climate change, and pave the way for economic prosperity, offering hope in the face of rising temperatures and increasing climate vulnerability.

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New Resources

The Amazon Regional Environment Program News - May 2023

The May 2023 edition of the Amazon Regional Environment Program (AREP) News highlights the one-year anniversary of the 2022-2030 USAID Climate Strategy. Learn more about how USAID actively combats deforestation, conserves biodiversity, supports Indigenous communities, and creates environmentally friendly economic opportunities in the region. Spanish and Portuguese versions are also available.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Caribbean Climate Investment Program

The Caribbean Climate Investment Program (CCIP) is a buy-in under USAID’s Climate Finance for Development Accelerator (CFDA), a $250 million initiative designed to mobilize $2.5 billion in public and private climate investments by 2023 to fund a range of climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. This resource provides answers to frequently asked questions about the recently released request for concept proposals for the CCIP.

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Building Local Government Capacity for Improved Solid Waste Management Systems

This case study showcases the successful collaboration between USAID and local governments in building lasting capacity and transforming waste management practices. Learn more about how USAID’s innovative approach empowered local governments to enhance their solid waste management systems, leading to improved sanitation, sustainable waste disposal, and cleaner communities.

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Climate Risk Management Spotlight

Climate Risk Management at the Activity Level

Learn about the key phases of climate risk management outlined by USAID’s policy: plan, assess, incorporate, and implement. This page contains helpful infographics and an eLearning tool that provide valuable insights for USAID staff and partners, emphasizing their crucial role in this iterative process for managing climate risks.

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Call for Content

Share your events and resources or write a blog related to an upcoming monthly theme! In May, our theme highlighted USAID’s work at the intersection of urban climate projects. Check out our upcoming themes to see if your climate work aligns:

  • June: Urban
  • July and August: Land
  • September and October: Behavior Change

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
Urban, Green Cities, Water and Sanitation, Water Management



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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