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Bank Group Urban Development Strategy
The Urban Development Strategy builds on the achievements and lessons of experience of past Bank Group efforts in urban development and emphasizes the need for coordinated and purposeful action. A key argument of the Strategy is that successful urban development requires coherent programmes and efficient organization both within the Bank Group and in Regional Member Countries to ensure that urban sectors play the role of engine to the economies. Through this Strategy, the Bank will ensure that key policy themes and cross-cutting issues including private sector development, governance, gender, empowerment of vulnerable groups, regional integration, environment and now increasingly climate change are taken into account during project design and implementation of urban projects. Moreover, the approach will ensure that the Bank‘s policy and operational focus ultimately is on the building of viable, accountable and service-centered institutions at the sub-national levels, notably municipalities.