A Partnership For Urban Planning In Africa - Un-Habitat & Booyoung

Stemming from the urban development challenges exhaustively studied by UN-Habitat and its Regional Office for Africa, the purpose of this project is to conceive and implement innovative and demand-driven urban planning activities in Sub-Saharan African cities. Under the general framework of Compact, Connected, Integrated and Inclusive Cities (CCIIC), there is a need for cities that optimize demographic and economic densities, privilege proximity among economic activities  and people within a predominantly mixed land-use pattern; cities that are socially diverse and multi-functional. Densification and extension plans aim to expand available urban space, while increasing residential and economic densities through the creation of compact communities, the e guiding of new redevelopment to areas which are better suited for urbanization, and the creation of sufficient public space to sustain urban development in future, thus contributing to a more efficient and sustainable development.

 Despite the onus placed on the urban planner's role, this project will allow UN-Habitat and its partners to fully engage with local, regional and national government competences. Capacity building should come with missions aiming at changes in organizational structures, development of skills, streamlining of mandates and responsibilities, as well as improvements in resource allocation. Insofar as delivery processes are concerned, the different projects UN-Habitat aims to propose will attempt to move away from the dominantly technical approach, and disinhibit local initiatives and endogenous development. The critical requirement is to revitalize local assets, engage with local stakeholders, harness and deploy resources and potentialities among communities and neighborhoods. Urban planning and spatial design will be brought forward with a particular attention to the needs of the urban poor, a population that will predictably be rising in Africa in the coming years. Closing the socioeconomic urban divide is the key to the sustainability of African cities, which will also come through meaningful and specific investments in slum upgrading programs.

 This necessity for UN-Habitat to interact with communities, develop locally adapted tools, and include vernacular planning traditions will directly benefit target populations. In the context of efficient planning for slum-prevention, the priority will be to provide target populations with effective tools for a well-planned city.

 The project will also catalyse the establishment of a Global Urban Planning Facility that could follow a similar approach, in response to the growing demand for sound planning support, which stems from the success of the advocacy and awareness work of UN-Habitat. This facility will build on the normative and pilot work of other Programmes (ASUD and Urban Planning for Sustainable Development) in terms of tools and approaches, as well as networks of expertise, and respond to a diversity of needs in urban planning stemming from cities and countries (through this project) and from other development partners.

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Region: Africa
Donors: Booyoung, Republic of Korea
Theme: Urban development and management
Project Timeline
End Date: 31st December 2022
Start Date: 1st June 2013
Budget Utilisation
Budget: $2,600,000
Expenditure: $1,677,750
Outputs / Results

Increased local capacity in sustainable urban planning in Africa.

. Improved planning and implementation practices for urban planning in Africa.