UN-Habitat is committed with the Government of Guinea to foster Urban development and Sanitation. The Programme for Urban Development and Sanitation in Guinea (SANITA) Sustainable Cities aims at strengthening urban governance at the local and national level through (a) a participatory improvement of the legal, regulatory and institutional framework for urban development at the national level and in particular in the city of Conakry; and (b) the strengthening of institutional capacities and stakeholder skills in the development and implementation of urban and territorial policy and planning documents through a participatory approach, taking into account gender issues.

The success of the SANITA Sustainable Cities and Towns programme depends largely on collaboration with institutions responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating urban policies. As such, UN-Habitat favours close cooperation with stakeholders in all project activities, but also capacity building, skills and technology transfer. Finally, this project would only serve to nothing without the genuine involvement of communities whose support and transformation of mentalities are a guarantee of the transformation of the urban landscape in Guinea.

Population (2018)
Total value of projects
US$ 6,999,250
No. of projects (2018 - 2019)
Total: 5

Guinea has an urbanization rate that is in line with the average population in Africa: 37% in 2014 according to United Nations reports (UNDESA, 2014). This figure, which was 28% in 1990, is expected to rise to 56% in 2050, i.e. the estimated urban population of 4.4 million in 2014 will increase by 67.9% and is expected to reach 13.7 million in 2050 (UNDESA, 2014).

The country is moving towards its urban transition and must therefore prepare itself. To this end, appropriate measures must be taken, implemented and regularly monitored by the authorities and the population to improve the ongoing urbanization process, both in Conakry and in secondary or tertiary cities and villages, most of them in an uncontrolled manner.

UN-Habitat is currently implementing several projects in the Republic of Guinea:

  • Youth Promotion Initiative (YPI): The project aims to reduce insecurity at night-time and urban violence by mobilizing young people in developing and securing of their communities through labour intensive work and income generating activities.
  • SANITA - Sustainable cities: The main objective of this project is to strengthen urban governance at the local and national level; to Improve the health, environment and quality of life of urban populations, particularly in Conakry and Kindia and improve access to basic sanitation services for urban populations in the Conakry and Kindia districts with the support of the UN-Habitat.

Support to improve the governance of police services in Guinea.

Urban numbers
Urban Population (2018): 36.1%
Urban Growth Rate (2015-2020): 3.54%
The urban population annual growth rate is 3.54%

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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