by Barbara Moore, outreach team project manager, ICMA
The Cities Development Initiative (CDI) Newsletter features the work of the Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project and other U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) projects in six CDI partner cities of Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga, Legazpi, and General Santos and corresponding provinces in the Philippines.
The monthly newsletter, produced by the SURGE Project, showcases how USAID is working to strengthen the economic competitiveness and resilience of secondary cities through stories, photos, video clips, graphics, and events in various sectors, including environment, economic growth, health, and education. The target audiences of the newsletter are heads and officials of national government agencies, local government units, the private sector, academe, civil society, and other donor agencies, with the goal of promoting USAID’s “whole-of-mission” approach.
SURGE fosters the development of conditions for broad-based, inclusive, and resilient economic growth in the CDI partner cities. The project is helping these secondary cities plan effectively, improve the delivery of basic public services, promote a business-friendly environment and investment climate, and reduce disaster and climate risks while ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth.
In the latest newsletter, highlights include:
A visit by the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines to Bohol, which focused attention on the work the SURGE project has done in boosting the region's economy.
Another highlight centered on a program in Cagayan de Oro City, which gives land grants to the local Indigenous people. This program is the result of policy reforms introduced by the SURGE project.
International Fellows Return Home to Successful Careers. This 2018 blog post catches up with three former international fellows and highlights their success since their time in the ICMA International Fellows Program.
USAID/SURGE. This project page explains the SURGE project in detail and the role that ICMA plays in the project.
ICMA Salutes Member Volunteers. A 2018 blog post that looks at the work ICMA member volunteers are doing internationally.