• Total value of UN-Habitat investments (2008-2015): n/a
  • Total number of UN-Habitat projects (2008-2015): 2 projects
  • Main donors:European Commission and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat
  • Implementing partners: UN-Habitat , City of Younde and Ministry of Habitat and Urban Development.

The Pacific has a rapid rate of urbanisation and high population growth and is not well enough prepared to cope with the challenges and opportunities that urban growth presents.


General information


UN Habitat is well placed to assist Cameroon to improve its urban management and planning practices and enable new thinking and actions about how best to evolve cities, towns and peri-urban areas for the future. The agency provides training, expert advice, proven tools and methodologies for small-medium sized urban centres within alignment of national needs and demands as articulated in National Development Strategies.


UN-Habitat projects in Cameroon


Mainstreaming energy and resource efficiency measures into building codes, building policies and building practices in Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon

Objective of the project

  • Strengthening the capacity of the respective governmental agencies in developing energy and resource efficiency codes for buildings,
  • Making appropriate reference to and integration of energy and resource efficiency principles in country specific building codes,
  • Developing policy guidelines for mainstreaming energy and resource efficiency in buildings in the project countries,
  • Strengthening capacities of the private and public sector in dealing/working with building codes (permitting and enforcement),
  • Strengthening the capacities of the finance sector in developing a green product portfolio,
  • Facilitating knowledge sharing and regional exchange by means of two regional workshops, including the facilitation of two investment fair and exhibitions for energy and resource efficiency in buildings during the workshops, where the private sector can showcase resources efficient appliances.

Service sectors covered by the project include: energy access, buildings, academia, policy and legislation, housing finance.

The methodology will help to address the capacity of the respective governmental agencies in developing and implementing energy and resource efficiency codes for buildings (EEC) strengthened. Influence policies on building codes and building regulations in Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon make adequate reference to energy and resource efficiency in buildings.

  • Duration:April 2013 to December 2016
  • Value:USD 585,000

    (BMZ/GIZ USD 325,000; UNDP USD 100,000; Government of Nigeria USD 60,000; Government of Senegal USD 50,000; Government of Cameroon USD 50,000;)

  • Donor:BMZ/GIZ, UNDP, Government of Nigeria, Government of Senegal and Government of Cameroon

  • Implementing Partners: UN-Habitat, Government of Nigeria, Government of Senegal and Government of Cameroon.



Acting for underprivileged youth in Yaoundé

The project helped improve the lives of disadvantaged young people of the district of Yaounde 2 through training in small business and support in the development of income generating activities.

20 young people including those living with disabilities received technical and vocational training in hairdressing, sewing, decorating, domestic work and computer. The 25 youth were supported and assisted in launching and managing a collective income generating activity.

 Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

This Programme aims at improving the lives of slum dwellers by addressing the five deprivations that characterize a slum namely, inadequate water; sanitation; durability of housing, overcrowding and tenure insecurity. Interventions are underpinned by three cross-cutting and complementary approaches: gender approach, human rights based approach, and results-based management approach.

  • Duration: 2008 – December 2015
  • Value: US$900,000
  • Donor: European Commission and, the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat
  • Implementing Partners: UN-Habitat , City of Younde and Ministry of Habitat and Urban Development.
  • Profile cities/ location: Nkolbikok, located in Yaounde


Mainstreaming energy and resource efficiency measures into building codes, building policies and building practices in Cameroon.

  • Duration: October 2013 - September 2015    
  • Value: US$ 405,000    
  • Donor: Senegal   
  • Implementing Partners: UNDP, The Governments of Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon on various governmental levels, (relevant line Ministries for Housing and Urban Development and to certain extend ministry of energy. - BMZ/GIZ.




UN-Habitat is present in Cameroon and enjoys a long-standing, strong partnership with the Government of Cameroon with interventions in several areas of urban planning.

UN-Habitat programme in Cameroon focuses on the implementation of a strategic plan involving urban legislation, Urban Governance, National Urban Policy, Urban Rural Linkages, Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), Public space and community resilience to climate change in Bamenda. More importantly, the willingness to sign the Host Country Agreement jointly drafted in 2017-2018 with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The success of our work in Cameroon is dependent on the strong partnership and support from the Government of the Republic of Cameroon through the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Under this collaboration, UN-Habitat has successfully developed and implemented projects with local authorities and other government entities in areas such as urban rural linkages, climate resilience, slum upgrading and clean energy.
Population (2018)
Total value of projects
US$ 813,989
No. of projects (2018 - 2019)
Total: 2

Slums are an ongoing and dominant feature of Cameroon's urban centres. More than half of Cameroonians now live in towns and cities (53 per cent or around 13 million of Cameroon’s estimated 23 million), and an estimated 60 per cent of those are living in informal settlements and slums. With an urban growth rate of around 5 per cent, the challenge of managing and preventing slums as well planning and enforcing planning documents are critical.  

A National Urban Policy, that is proposed to lead Cameroons long-term sustainable urban development, is being prepared by UN-Habitat
Participatory Slum Upgrading Program (PSUP) with EU funds evaluated at 1,395,000 USD in three phases (2015)
Improving urban mobility and the use of renewable energy for a value of 200,000 USD with 100,000 USD coming from Cameroon
Urban numbers
Urban Growth Rate (2015-2020): 3.63%
More than 80 per cent of Yaoundé's citizens are poor and 60 per cent live in slums settlements on hill slopes or marshes, where access to land, is cheaper.
The urban population annual growth rate is 3.63%
Philippe Camile

“The collaboration with UN-Habitat has been instrumental in launching FEICOM National Prize that recognizes Local Best Practices for Local Development and they have continued being part of the Steering Committee and supporting all the editions of the awards. UN-Habitat has also helped FEICOM develop and validate a Capacity building document for municipalities’ staff on infrastructure management”

Philippe Camile Akoa, Director General

Leaving no one and no place behind

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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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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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Youth, children and older persons, especially those in situations of particular risk of marginalization, such as girl child and female-headed households, are often excluded from access to housing, urban basic services, public spaces and infrastructure, and the overall benefits of urbanization. Young women and men have been a key focus of UN-Habitat’s work. The agency has successfully advocated for the role of youth as leaders in sustainable urban development, recognizing the guiding principle of the SDGs of “leaving no one behind,” and the New Urban Agenda vision of cities for all. 

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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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