• Total value of UN-Habitat investments (2008-2013): US$ 4,041,937
  • Total number of UN-Habitat projects (2008-2013): 1 project
  • Main donors: The main donor for the running of UN-Habitat’s office in Kuwait City is the Government of the State of Kuwait.

General information

Capital: Kuwait City

Major cities: The major cities of Kuwait are As Salimiyah, Sabah as Salim, Al Farwaniyah, Al Fahahil, Kuwait City, Ar Riggah, Salwa, Al Mangaf, Ar Rabiyah, Bayan.

  • Population (million): 3.25 million
  • GDP: US$ 160.9 billion
  • GDP growth: 2.6%
  • Urban population: 98%
  • Population growth rate  (average annual %): 3.9%
  • Urban population growth rate (average annual %): 4.0%
  • Rural population growth rate (average annual %): 3.2%

Source: World Bank 2012

The project in Kuwait is the operation of UN-Habitat’s country office in Kuwait City.

Donors:

UN-Habitat projects in Kuwait

Operations of the UN-Habitat Kuwait Office    

This project is for the operations of UN-Habitat Office in Kuwait

  • Duration: August 2007 - December 2017
  • Value: US$ 4,041,937
  • Donor: Government of the State of Kuwait

Overview

The UN-Habitat Kuwait office has been formally established after the ratification of its agreement by the Kuwait parliament in 2006. According to the UN-Habitat Kuwait agreement; “UN-Habitat and the government have a common desire to establish a UN-Habitat office in Kuwait City in order to encourage activities in the area of human settlements in general in the Arab States Region”. Based on the agreement the function of the office is to encourage international co-operation to achieve sustainable urbanization, co-operate with the regional and international organizations, civil society, private sector, and other parties; disseminate knowledge and undertake public relations activities; organize all kinds of events and activities related to its mandate; and support networking opportunities and resource mobilization.

Overview

The rapidly increasing population in Kuwait has created shortages of housing, congestion and environmental pollution in the Kuwait Metropolitan Area (KMA). Therefore, the management of the population is essential to address this problem. According to a published population projection; the population of Kuwait will reach 5.3 million in 2030. The review recommends that 2.8 million should be accommodated in the KMA, while 2.57 million should be relocated in new urban settlements outside of the KMA for proper distribution of population and resources. The government considers that the rapidly increasing number of expatriate workers is not sustainable. The Third Kuwait Master Plan Review 2005 aimed at achieving the population size of about 40% Kuwaiti and 60% non-Kuwaiti by 2030. Urban development requires an educated and skilled workforce. There are public and private education institutions that provide education to the students in Kuwait, but it still needs further development to meet the market demand. The Constitution of Kuwait provides right of every married couple to get a house from the government. As of September 2016, the Public Authority for Housing Welfare constructed and transferred 26,308 houses, 834 apartments and 26,874 housing plots in the country. However, more than 102,000 families are currently on the waiting list for the allocation of house, apartment or housing plot. Each year, there are over 8,000 new applicants for housing. Thus, it has become very difficult for the government to provide a house, an apartment or housing plots within a short period of time. The rural sector in Kuwait is too small. The challenges are a shortage of cultivable land, water and educated labor force for introducing improved agricultural technology for dryland agriculture, urban agriculture and aquaculture.

Impact
Development and Dissemination of National Reports of the Gulf Countries
Training of Bahraini member staff on the SDGs and in particular SDG11 and data collection for City Prosperity Initiative and Urban Observatory
Sharing knowledge and expertise on the SDGs, Slums upgrading, launching of the report “Streets as Public Spaces and Drivers of Urban Prosperity” and monitoring sustainable urbanization 
Urban numbers
Energy and water production and use are not sustainable
Traffic congestion as a result of prolonged car-oriented city plan
The rural sector in Kuwait is too small. The challenges are shortage of cultivable land, water and educated labor force

Leaving no one and no place behind

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UN-Habitat continuously provides support where needed in the area of rights of tenure and housing services. One example of this is study of “Low Income Worker Rights to Housing” prepared in collaboration with Ministry of Public Works.

UN-Habitat organised workshops on addressing single women access to housing and tenure. Moreover, UN-Habitat contributes to reviewing the current laws and legislations in light of the New Urban Agenda and identifies points of intervention and guidance on specific actions that can improve adherence to gender equity issues in connection to right to tenure.

According to the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, In 2018 approximately 70% of the Kuwaiti citizenry were classified as “youth” i.e. 34 years of age and below. As throughout the AS/MENA region, effective youth empowerment is a key political challenge for the Government. To that end, UN-Habitat Kuwait has developed different activities aimed at raising awareness on urban issues and building capacities among children and youth.

UN-Habitat provides expertise on the area of disability inclusion and accessible urban settigs, raising the minimum standard of the accessibility code to benefit a wider range of users.

Donors and partners

UN-Habitat Kuwait work plan stems from its original nature when it was established as sub-regional office for Gulf states, and its success depends on its response to the GCC countries different needs and priorities. Therefore, UN-Habitat program includes capacity building of all Gulf states on issues related to achieving SDG11 and the New Urban Agenda, preparation of reports, e. g Housing for Low Income Workers (Kuwait), Public Housing (Bahrain), Future Cities (KSA). UN-Habitat’s work wouldn’t have been successful without collaboration with its partners including, but not limited to, the ministries of housing, planning, municipalities, governorates, academia the private sector, NGOs.

Donors

Kuwait
Gulf Cooperation Council
Partners
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
GSS-CPD
Arab Towns Organization

Contact

Dr Ameera Alhassan
HPM
UN Habitat Kuwait
Urban October