Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE)

To foster the development of conditions for broad-based, inclusive and resilient economic growth in six cities outside Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao in the Philippines, USAID launched its Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project in August 2015. SURGE is assisting these cities and adjacent areas to plan effectively, guarantee basic public services, promote competitiveness, support sustainable development, and reduce disaster and climate change risks while ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth all consistent with USAID's Urban Policy. SURGE also leverages and works with existing USAID projects in the economic growth, environment, energy and climate change, health, and education sectors as a means to providing a multi-faceted approach. These activities will contribute to conditions that lead to thriving secondary cities that offer a livable future for generations to come. SURGE is the flagship project of USAID’s Cities Development Initiative (CDI), a crucial component of the broader Partnership for Growth (PFG). Under the PFG, the Philippines and the United States are working to accelerate and sustain broad-based and inclusive economic growth. Part of this strategy includes the CDI, which works with committed local governments to advance development in second-tier cities that are ripe for growth.

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Key themes: LEDS, urban, emissions, governance, adaptation, land use, gender and social inclusion

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