UN-Habitat remains committed to Africa. With the support from the African Development Bank and other development partners, UN-Habitat is keen to strengthen positive collaboration and partnerships with all levels of governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector and regional economic communities such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) etc. towards eradicating urban poverty and in transforming Africa’s urban development agenda.

The Regional Office for Africa covers Sub-Saharan Africa, consisting of 49 countries and 22 active countries.

However, the largest country project portfolios of UN-Habitat in Sub-Saharan Africa are in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with a total portfolio of between US$20 million and US$30 million each. In both countries, the projects focus on post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation.

Other countries with sizeable portfolios (between US$2 million and US$8 million) include: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana and Sao Tome and Principe.

The rest of the countries have smaller project portfolios (below US$2 million). These include South Sudan, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea Conakry, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau and Comoros.

In terms of thematic focus, the largest operational projects in Africa focus on post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation. Other projects cover urban resilience and climate change adaptation, housing and slum upgrading, urban basic services, land management, urban economy, municipal finance, urban and regional planning and policy development.

Total value of projects
US$ 194,146,454
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 210

Africa's increased urban population is a powerful asset for the continent's overall transformation. However, it can only attain its full potential when cities are properly planned and adequately serviced. A major change is needed in the course of Africa's urban development – a shift whose main thrust can be propelled by, first, a re-examination of the planning process and the delivery of basic services.

UN-Habitat Regional Office in Africa (ROAf), located in Nairobi, Kenya, is working with African governments to take early action to position themselves for predominately urban populations. The portfolio of ongoing projects in Africa is very diverse in terms of geographic coverage and development partners.

210 projects are implemented in Africa Region since 2014.
194.1 million USD is the value of projects implemented in Africa Region since 2014.
33 countries in Africa Region are covered by UNHabitat's projects since 2014.
Urban numbers
The urban population annual growth rate is
The percentage of the total population that is urban is

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“During UN-Habitat’s Training of Trainers: Sport for Development and Peace I discovered how much you can learn through sport. I love playing sport, but due to lack of available facilities I hardly ever do. We need more sport spaces, especially designed for girls, so we can pass on the knowledge and skills we’ve learned during this training to others”.

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  • Malawi - Commissioner for Physical Planning Ministry of Lands and Housing
  • Tanzania - Acting Director for Urban and Rural Planning
  • Sudan - Secretary General of the National Council for Physical Development
  • South Africa - Director, Policy Support -- Deputy Director General, Provincial …
  • Seychelles - Personal Assistant to the Minister, Ministry of Land Use and Housi…
  • Sao Tome and Principe - Ministrério de Obras Públicas, Infraestruturas, Recurso…
  • Nigeria - Assistant Director, Ministry of Housing, Lands and Urban development
  • Namibia - Deputy Director: Division Habitat Coordination Ministry of Urban and…
  • Angola - Minister of Housing and Territorial Development
  • Burkina Faso - Conseillere Technique du Ministre de l'Habitat et de l'Urbanisme
  • Chad - Architecte, Directeur de l'Habitat de l’Architecture et de l'Ingénierie
  • Congo - Directeur Général du Développement urbain, de l'Habitat et de l'Archite…
  • Djibouti - Sous-Directeur de l'Urbanisme
  • Gambia - Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Regional Government


Oumar Sylla
Director (ai), Regional Office for Africa