Overview

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.

نظرة عامة

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.

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“We learned to make briquettes from leftover materials. We can make them almost for free. I don’t have to purchase charcoal anymore and slowly we make money from selling our briquettes. We can afford to have school classes for our children at our centre. While I am making briquettes, my son is with me, safe and learning…”

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Leaving no one and no place behind

Hover over or click the icons to learn about UN-Habitat's work on social inclusion here.

The prioritisation of human rights addresses the structural causes of inequalities and discrimination in an integrated manner. Urbanisation can only be sustainable if it is human rights based, and living conditions can only be improved for all if everyone’s human rights are comprehensively promoted and protected. UN-Habitat applies the Human-Rights Based Approach to address inequalities and discrimination, reaching the furthest behind first by placing power relationships in human settlements at the heart of its analysis and action.

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Men and women, boys and girls experience cities in very different ways, and face various challenges and needs that cities have to address. UN-Habitat promotes the stronger commitment of national and local governments as well as other relevant stakeholders to work towards the realization of a world in which men and women are recognized as equal partners in development and enjoy equal human rights so that economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities and other human settlements can be achieved more rapidly, completely and sustainably.

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The prioritisation of human rights addresses the structural causes of inequalities and discrimination in an integrated manner. Urbanisation can only be sustainable if it is human rights based, and living conditions can only be improved for all if everyone’s human rights are comprehensively promoted and protected. UN-Habitat applies the Human-Rights Based Approach to address inequalities and discrimination, reaching the furthest behind first by placing power relationships in human settlements at the heart of its analysis and action.

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Partners
Mauritius - Chief Town and Country Planning Officer, Ministry of Housing and La…
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 …

Contact

Oumar Sylla
Director (ai), Regional Office for Africa

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