The United Nations Human Settlements Programme "UN-HABITAT" has been collaborating with the Government of the Republic of Chad for 20 years. This collaboration has led to initiatives such as the Urban Development and Housing Improvement Project (DURAH) set up in 2004, which has made it possible to initiate a real policy dynamic to promote the sector; the creation of SOPROFIM in 2009 with the aim of improving urban housing and resolving the land question. In 2015, the "Banque de l'Habitat" was created and approved by COBAC in 2017. 

The main areas of cooperation between Chad and UN-Habitat comprise urban development, legislation, social housing production, urban resilience and institutional capacity development.

UN-Habitat’s work in the country

UN-Habitat’s Country Programme in Chad is based on a solid partnership with all relevant public institutions and key stakeholders, including community-based organizations, NGOs and the private sector. Women and the youth are considered key players and are frequently consulted and responsible for the urban agenda in the country. Academia and educational institutions are also considered important partners.


In Chad, only a small fraction of the urban population has access to decent housing and drinking water. A large majority are flood victims during the rainy season, and face day-to-day insalubrious conditions due to poor management of household human waste and wastewater, particularly in the outlying districts inhabited by the poor. Today, the aspirations of Chadians, expressed in the 2030 vision "The Chad We Want", demonstrates the willpower of Chad: "An emerging regional power by 2030, driven by diversified and sustainable sources of growth, creating added value and jobs, and ensuring that each Chadian has adequate access to basic social services, decent housing and adequate training opportunities". 

Urban numbers

According to the United Nations Population Division, this population will increase to 27.5 per cent in 2030 and 39 per cent in 2050

Refugees and displaced persons from neighbouring countries fleeing armed conflict represent 302,675, or 84 per cent of the international migrant population in Chad.

Urban Population (2018): 23.1%

Urban Growth Rate (2015-2020): 3.88%

Country Beneficiaries

"I would like to thank UN-Habitat once again for the technical and financial support that has made it possible to do significant things in Chad, including triggering this process of developing the N'Djamena SDAU in the hope that other partners will be interested in joining us in this exciting initiative."

Achta Ahmat Bremé, Minister for Regional Planning, Housing and Urban Development

Donors and partners

Over the years, the UN-Habitat programme in Chad has forged a strong partnership with all forms of institutions and actors, ranging from public entities to grass-roots organizations, NGOs and the private sector. Young people and women are considered first-rate actors and are regularly empowered in activities concerning their spaces. Training institutes and universities are also daily partners.


UNDP (incl. one UN fund)


Ministry of Planning, Housing and Urban Development
Governorate of the N'Djamena Region
N'Djamena City Hall
N'Djamena Borough Hall
Ministry of Territorial Administration, Public Security and Local Governance
Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
Ministère des Infrastructures, de transport et du Désenclavement
Ministry of Finance and Budget
Ministry of Economy and Development Planning
National Order of Architects of Chad
National Association of Urban Planners of Chad
Provisional Order of Engineers of Chad
Institut Supérieur des Arts et Métiers de Biltine (ISAMB)
SOPROFIM (Société de promotion foncière et immobilière)
BHT (Banque de l'Habitat du Tchad)
Chamber of Commerce of Agriculture and Industry, Mines and Crafts


Totinon Nguébétan Merlin
Habitat Programme Manager
  • Total value of UN-Habitat investments (2008-2013): US$ 2,126,966
  • Total number of UN-Habitat projects (2008-2013): 1 project
  • Main donors: UNDP Chad
  • Implementing partners: Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Regional Planning

Chad is divided into multiple regions: a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt in the centre and a more fertile Sudanese savanna zone in the south. Lake Chad, after which the country is named, is the largest wetland in Chad and the second-largest in Africa.  N’Djamena (capital), Moundou, Sarh, Abeche, Kelo, Koumra are a few of its major cities.

General information

Capital: N’Djamena

Major cities: Chad is divided into multiple regions: a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt in the centre and a more fertile Sudanese savanna zone in the south. Lake Chad, after which the country is named, is the largest wetland in Chad and the second-largest in Africa.  N’Djamena, Moundou, Sarh, Abeche, Kelo, Koumra are a few of its major cities.

  • Population: 12.45 million
  • GDP: US$12.89  billion
  • GDP growth: 8.9%
  • Urban population (annual %): 22%
  • Population growth rate (average annual %): 3.0%
  • Urban population growth rate (average annual %): 3.4%
  • Rural population growth rate (average annual %): 2.9%

Source: World Bank 2012

UN-Habitat projects in Chad

Urban Development Improvement of Housing in Chad (Phase II)

In the period between 2008-2013, UN-Habitat carried out the phase II of a project aimed at improving the living conditions of urban poor including slum dwellers. The project was funded by UNDP Chad and implemented in conjunction with the Ministry of Housing, Urban development and Regional Planning.


A desert village in Chad © Shutterstock