Statement of Work
The United States Agency for International Development/Philippines (USAID/PH) will commission a third-party performance evaluation of the Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Activity. Through this evaluation, USAID/PH will assess SURGE’s implementation progress and achievement of its project objectives, improving governmental operations in selected second-tier cities deemed as important drivers of inclusive economic growth. SURGE is guided by USAID’s strategies on sustainable urban services, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and other cross-cutting policies such as gender inclusion and private sector engagement. It is central to the Cities Development Initiative (CDI), a key element of the U.S.-Philippines Partnership for Growth (PFG), and a core component of the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). Specifically, SURGE contributes to USAID/PH’s Development Objectives of “Broad-based and Inclusive Growth Accelerated and Sustained” and “Environmental Resilience Improved” of the previous CDCS (2013-2019) as well as the Development Objectives of the current CDCS (2020-2024) of “Inclusive, Market-Driven Growth Expanded” and “Environmental and Community Resilience Enhanced.”
The evaluation will cover the original duration of SURGE and part of its extension (six years from July 27, 2015 to the present), across nine cities, covering both the three pilot sites (Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo) and the six expansion-cities (Legazpi, Tagbilaran, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga, and Marawi). SURGE supports the Philippine government’s Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) and the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022. The PDP is anchored on the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) that guides public investments and catalyzes private investments to maximize agglomeration efficiencies, enhance connectivity, and build up resilience against natural hazards. Aside from evaluation for accountability and learning, the evaluation also will inform the ongoing formulation of the USAID-wide policy on local capacity development. Results of the evaluation will inform the co-creation of next-generation activities in accordance with the USAID policy on urban resiliency, particularly on improving delivery of essential services in urban areas and strengthening interconnections between urban and rural areas, as well as USAID’s strategy on water and development.
The intended audiences of this evaluation are USAID/PH program officers, other USAID staff worldwide who are interested in local governance, and those responsible for, and interested in, urban resiliency, WASH, and local capacity development programs and activities. Philippine stakeholders, including those in the Government of the Philippines, second-tier cities, and other researchers, are also a primary audience for this evaluation.