Overview

UN-Habitat remains committed to Africa. With the support from the African Development Bank and other development partners, UN-Habitat is keen to strengthen positive collaboration and partnerships with all levels of governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector and regional economic communities such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) etc. towards eradicating urban poverty and in transforming Africa’s urban development agenda.

The Regional Office for Africa covers Sub-Saharan Africa, consisting of 49 countries and 22 active countries.

However, the largest country project portfolios of UN-Habitat in Sub-Saharan Africa are in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with a total portfolio of between US$20 million and US$30 million each. In both countries, the projects focus on post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation.

Other countries with sizeable portfolios (between US$2 million and US$8 million) include: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana and Sao Tome and Principe.

The rest of the countries have smaller project portfolios (below US$2 million). These include South Sudan, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea Conakry, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau and Comoros.

In terms of thematic focus, the largest operational projects in Africa focus on post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation. Other projects cover urban resilience and climate change adaptation, housing and slum upgrading, urban basic services, land management, urban economy, municipal finance, urban and regional planning and policy development.

Overview
Total value of projects
US$ 194,146,454
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 210

Africa's increased urban population is a powerful asset for the continent's overall transformation. However, it can only attain its full potential when cities are properly planned and adequately serviced. A major change is needed in the course of Africa's urban development – a shift whose main thrust can be propelled by, first, a re-examination of the planning process and the delivery of basic services.

UN-Habitat Regional Office in Africa (ROAf), located in Nairobi, Kenya, is working with African governments to take early action to position themselves for predominately urban populations. The portfolio of ongoing projects in Africa is very diverse in terms of geographic coverage and development partners.

Impact
210 projects are implemented in Africa Region since 2014.
194.1 million USD is the value of projects implemented in Africa Region since 2014.
33 countries in Africa Region are covered by UNHabitat's projects since 2014.
Urban numbers
The urban population annual growth rate is
The percentage of the total population that is urban is

“We learned to make briquettes from leftover materials. We can make them almost for free. I don’t have to purchase charcoal anymore and slowly we make money from selling our briquettes. We can afford to have school classes for our children at our centre. While I am making briquettes, my son is with me, safe and learning…”

Member of HIDWO Women’s group

Leaving no one and no place behind

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Hover over or touch the icons to learn about UN-Habitat's work on social inclusion here.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Donors and partners

In Africa, Habitat Agenda Partners (HAP) are a range of organizations, both outside and within the national, local and county government in the quest of sustainable urbanization and human settlements development. In an effort to continue working and learning together, UN-Habitat has established a number of thematic networks composed of a cross section of HAPs to allow partners to contribute to the design and implementation of normative and operational programmes at all levels.

These include, local authorities, NGOs and CBOs, trade unions, professional bodies, academics and research institutions, local communities, parliamentarians, private sector members, foundations, financial institutions, women and youths.

Africa can optimize its potential by learning from the experiences of other parts of the world, particularly those from the South. Apart from bilateral arrangements, collaboration among ministerial bodies of these regions needs to be developed, and UN-Habitat is ready to play a facilitating role in this process.

UN-Habitat remains committed to Africa. With the support from the African Development Bank and other development partners, UN-Habitat is keen to strengthen positive collaboration and partnerships with all levels of governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector and regional economic communities such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) etc. towards eradicating urban poverty and in transforming Africa’s urban development agenda.

Partners
Angola - Minister of Housing and Territorial Development
Benin - Architecte, Chef Service Logement et Promotion Immobilière à la Directi…
Burkina Faso - Conseillere Technique du Ministre de l'Habitat et de l'Urbanisme
Cape Verde - CEO of INGT – National Institute of Land Management Ministerio do …
Chad - Architecte, Directeur de l'Habitat de l’Architecture et de l'Ingénierie

Contact

Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza
Director, Regional Office for Africa
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