Since 2015 UN-Habitat provides technical assistance to the national and local government of Sao Tome and Principe on Policies, Plans and Strategies related to Housing, Sustainable Urban Development, Slum Upgrading and Urban Resilience for climate change. More specifically, UN-Habitat has chosen to work on the following axes: · Promoting the urban resilience · Improvement of informal settlements and promotion of a more equitable urban development, through the development of infrastructure and basic urban services · Transform Sao Tome and Principe cities in resilient and inclusive urban centres as to the effects of climate change

Population (2018)
Total value of projects
US$ 10,283,388
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 2

Following the global trend of growth, the urban population rate in Sao Tome and Principe is now 72.8%, 1 quarter of the inhabitants, approximately 56 thousand inhabitants, are living in Sao Tome, the capital of the country. In Island of Principe has an area of 142 km2 and a young population of approximately 8,400 inhabitants.

According to INE - National Institute of Statistics, 94% of the population has access to drinking water and 42% have access to basic sanitation. It is also noted that 60% of this population has access to the electricity grid.

133 new houses, about 504 people benefited, and related the construction, the new neighbourhood has been built using the most environmentally friendly constructions techniques available
2 Municipalities implemented the City Resilience Action Planning Tool (CityRAP) aimed at developing the capacity of local governments
Urban numbers
The urban population annual growth rate is 3.41%
The percentage of the total population that is urban is 71.97%

Leaving no one and no place behind

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Donors and partners

The success of UN-Habitat’s work in Sao Tome and Principe is dependent on a number of successful partnerships. Through the programme, UN-Habitat identifies and mobilizes diverse international and local partners who can contribute to several initiatives promoted by the Agency in the country.


Here be Dragons


Cesaltino Fernandes
National Technical Advisor
ROAf – Regional Office for Africa/ Sao Tome Country Office
Urban October