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Fiji

Fiji

  • Total value of UN-Habitat investments (2008-2015): US$ 199,782
  • Total number of UN-Habitat projects (2008-2015): 4 projects
  • Main donors:  European Commission and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat through the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme and the Government of Norway (Cities and Climate Change Initiative)

The Pacific has a very rapid rate of urbanization and high population growth and is not well enough prepared to cope with the challenges and opportunities that urban growth presents. UN-Habitat is well placed to assist Fiji 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.

General information

UN-Habitat 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. In the Pacific, this is framed in assisting countries meet their commitments to the Pacific Urban Agenda (Initiative 13.5, Pacific Plan). Fiji has an urban population of over 455,000 not including those communities located on the periphery of council administrative boundaries. Some municipalities are urbanizing more quickly than others, but all are confronting challenges related to growth. These include urban poverty and employment, environmental risk, land administration and infrastructure provision and maintenance. Whilst considerable efforts in the last 5 years have seen the formulation and application of a national housing policy and the adoption of a pro-poor approach for poverty alleviation, there remains a significant challenge to keep up with the demand for housing and water and sanitation service provision. The 2013 Constitution enshrines the rights to these services.

UN-Habitat projects in Fiji

Current projects:

Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI), Lami Town


 

Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP)

The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme has provided initiative for strengthening relationships between national and sub-national government and with NGOs such as the Peoples Community Network (and associated City Wide Upgrading project with the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights) as well as active inclusion of land stakeholders such as the Taukei Land Trust Board as a critical partner in the Town Wide Upgrading project (accessing traditional land for development). PSUP provides additional support to an increasing focus on the development and adoption of inclusive policies and strategies for slum upgrading in line with the PSUP principles and contributing to the achievement of MDG 7 C and D.

  • Implementation Phase: Phase II
  • Duration: June 2014 – December 2015
  • Value: US$100000
  • Donor: European Commission and, the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat
  • Implementing Partners: UN Habitat and the Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment; and the People’s Community Network (a local NGO affiliated with the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights)
  • Profile cities/ location: Greater Suva Area (Lami Town, Suva City, Nasinu Town and Nausori Town), Nadi Town and Lautoka City

 

Regional Knowledge Management: Strengthening Pacific Urban Agenda Implementation

Key partners are national government, city and town councils, development partners.

UN-Habitat remains the key urban advocate in Fiji and maximized opportunities for continued building awareness of both national and development partners surrounding the benefits of improved management of urban growth. An immediate outcome has been for continued support for policy dialogue (a new post-disaster component to the national housing policy) and strategic implementation as well as increased press coverage of inadequate housing, and the urgent need to address the challenges that the rapid rate of urbanization brings. The PSUP has provided initiative for strengthening relationships between national and sub-national government and with NGOs such as the Peoples Community Initiative as well as active inclusion of land stakeholders such as the iTaukei Land Trust Board as a critical partner in the Town Wide Upgrading project (accessing traditional land for development). The Pacific’s inaugural regional Housing Workshop (October 2012) allowed for a learning exchange of Fiji’s housing policy development with other Pacific Island Countries. In terms of its climate and risk management projects, UN-Habitat’s role has been one of capacity building, technical input and knowledge management.

Contacts

Sarah Mecartney
HPM-Pacific
UN-Habitat
Level 5, Kadavu House
414 Victoria Parade
Suva, Fiji
mecartney-unhabitat@un.org

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