Support And Assistance Of The Enhancement Of The Major’S Office Of Medellin In The Municipal Development Plan Of ‘Construyamos Unidos Un Hogar Para La Vida' (Let's Build A Home For Life.)

The overall objective of ASUD programme in Colombia is to strengthen national and local governments as well as relevant stakeholder's capacities for improving urban planning and urban policies leading to sustainable urban development.  For the case of Medellin, the project aims to support the development of strategic interventions (through technical assistance, policy advice and project development), that will support the consolidation of ongoing institutional reforms aiming at improving the management of the habitat in the city in a more comprehensive manner.


Due to the fact that Medellin will host the World Urban Forum 7, to take place in 2014, this particular project is an opportunity to document and learn from the specific experience of Medellin, in how to address social challenges with adequate urban management mechanisms. In this sense, the project aims to broaden the scope of specific urban interventions in order to reach further and address inequity and poverty challenges that have been growing as rapid as the urbanization of Medellin has been moving forward.


With this in mind, and considering that ASUD is a global pilot of UN-Habitat, and therefore it is considered to be part of a global learning platform, the following outputs and activities will be prioritized:


a)       To support the institutional reform that the city requires to adjust itself in order to face growing urban challenges within a more comprehensive concept of “Habitat”. To achieve this, the project will conduct studies on all institutional structure/capacities with special emphasis on ISVIMED as the leading institution on social housing. Throughout consultations and international references, the project will propose a new legal and institutional framework aligned with the city's habitat requirements. An awareness campaign regarding institutional adjustments will be conducted in the framework of the global UN-Habitat campaign I'm a City Changer.


b)       To create an UN-Habitat Regional City Lab as a hub for the global institute of excellence for capacity development of cities and urban managers, promoted by UN-Habitat's HQ, to contribute in the  promotion of South-South and decentralized cooperation, to provide specific training for urban managers and community in general, provide technical support on urban issues to the ACCC and other institutions, promote cooperation on urban issues among Colombian cities, leverage the expertise acquired by the city on local sustainable urban policies, conduct research, document best national and local practices, facilitate partnerships among public, private, social, national, local and international urban stakeholders, and support Medellin and UN-Habitat in the organization of World Urban Forum 7 – WUF 7 to take place in the city in 2014. The hub will also support the process of citizen ownership and awareness for the continuing transformation of the city through UN-Habitat's campaign "I'm a City Changer". It will also document and monitor the strategy of the Metropolitan Green Belt, established in the Local Development Plan, the experience of the Metropolitan Area of Valle de Aburra, the UN-Habitat Participatory Inclusive Land-Readjustment exercise “PILaR”, and will provide support to the development of Partial Plans in the city, considering a participatory and inclusive approach.



c)       To design and support the implementation of an urban planning activity at neighborhood level in close coordination with UN-Habitat's Participatory and Inclusive Land Readjustment project – PILaR to be implemented in Medellin.  This pilot initiative will work as a learning experience for the city to promote a more participatory and inclusive urban development model and will work hand in hand with UN-Habitat PILaR team.  It will be properly documented in order to become a pilot experience for the UN-Habitat Regional City Lab.

Region: South America
Donors: Spain
Theme: Urban development and management
Project Timeline
End Date: 31st March 2020
Start Date: 20th September 2013
Budget Utilisation
Budget: $339,000
Expenditure: $0
Outputs / Results

The city of Medellin has improved its institutional capacities in order to address the rapidly growing urban challenges ahead using a comprehensive and participatory approach strengthening its position as an urban reference at national, regional and global