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Sustainable Urban and Regional Development Umbrella Program (SURGE) : FY2021 Annual Report (English)

Cities are on the frontlines of combating multiple crises. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, climate change impacts, natural disasters, economic downturns, and violent crimes all concentrate in urban areas. At the same time, cities are the world’s economic powerhouses, offering individuals opportunities to achieve greater wellbeing. As people hope to find better lives in cities, the world is facing mass migratory flows to cities. The World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land Global Practice (GPURL) helps governments in developing countries build inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities, villages, and communities. It works closely with both clients and developing partners. To do so more efficiently, the practice created a central instrument in 2020 for all donor- funded activities related to regional and urban development: the Sustainable Urban and Regional Development (SURGE) Umbrella Program. SURGE’s overarching development objective is to enable cities and regions in developing countries to function as drivers of sustainable and inclusive economic development. This annual report presents SURGE progress during the first 20 months of operation, from inception up to June 30, 2021. The report is structured around the individual trust funds it encompasses (chapters 5 to 9), its overarching results framework (chapter 10), the financial overview (chapter 11), and a forward look (chapter 12).




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Terraza,Horacio Cristian Schuring,Matthijs Christiaan Kemperman,Macha Petronella Quintero Garzon,Maria Camila

Sustainable Urban and Regional Development Umbrella Program (SURGE) : FY2021 Annual Report (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.