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Policy Experts Formulate Strategies for Strengthening Urban-rural Linkages in Nigeria’s Niger State

The workshop was part of implementing the UN Development Account (UNDA) funded project “Leaving No Place Behind

Experts, policymakers, and administrators from four Local Government Areas as well as Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Niger State in Nigeria recently participated in a workshop on strengthening rural-urban linkages. The workshop was part of implementing the UN Development Account (UNDA) funded project “Leaving No Place Behind – Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages…

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    • Participants arrived safely at the Workhop venue after 8 kms of cycling
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UN-Habitat and partners give Kenyan government officials real life bicycling experience

The event was aimed at inspiring the officials to recognise cycling as an adequate mode of mobility for the capital city as well as equipping them with an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for cyclists

UN-Habitat, in collaboration with the Institute of Transportation and Development Policy and Critical Mass Nairobi recently organised a bicycle ride for government officials in Kenya. The event was aimed at inspiring the officials to recognise cycling as an adequate mode of mobility for the capital city as well as equipping them…

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Financing Sustainable Urban Development as a vehicle for productive growth, driver of Green and Climate-smart Recovery

The late November gathering, opened by UN-Habitat`s Chief of the Office for European Union Paulius Kulikauskas, built on the insights from the EU-funded initiative “Financing Sustainable Urban Development”

Local and regional authorities from the European Union and its partner countries from Africa, Asia, and Latin America recently attended a workshop –organised in part by UN-Habitat – in which the participants discussed challenges to implementing New Urban Agendas in economically sustainable environments. Discussions at the workshop “Financing Sustainable Urban Development…

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UN-Habitat trainings on sustainable development planning to serve as benchmark for locally-led sustainable settlement solutions

The planning workshops delivered by UN-Habitat have created hope for the host community, IDPs, and returnees who will relocate to Luglow

Building on similar successful steps, UN-Habitat has held training workshops to provide guidance and capacity building on settlement planning so stakeholders can implement locally-led solutions and provide beneficiaries with training on efficient and sustainable use of land. The training workshops held by UN-Habitat was part of the project “Sustainable, Safe…

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Validation workshops on Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages held in Zanzibar

A total of 115 participants from government ministries, departments and their agencies, local governments and municipalities, NGO’s, Civil Societies, and academia were involved

As part of the UN Development Account (UNDA) funded project “Leaving No Place Behind – Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages in selected countries in Africa”, UN-Habitat and the Zanzibar Commission of Land held a series of workshops to validate the project’s outcomes on challenges, opportunities and recommendations for strengthening urban rural linkages…

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    • Kakuma-Kalobeyei host and refugee community leaders participate in a workshop to provide feedback on the Kakuma-Kalobeyei vision (UN-Habitat 2021)
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UN-Habitat helps unlock the hidden potential of Kenya’s refugee camps through regeneration

The Turkana County Government has initiated steps to confer Kakuma-Kalobeyei its own municipality, a move that is hoped to reach fruition in 2022

To promote urban resilience, self-sufficiency and communities’ integration in one of Kenya’s longest-standing and major refugee camps, UN-Habitat is formulating a detailed Regeneration Strategy focusing on harnessing inclusion and socio-economic opportunities for host and refugees. This regeneration project for the Kakuma-Kalobeyei refugee camps will combine different measures to promote self-sufficiency, economic growth and environmental resilience for the host and refugee communities, laying the foundations for a sustainable future.…

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    • UN-Habitat, local government and the EU join forces to combat Gender-Based Violence in Mogadishu through COVID-19 awareness forums
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UN-Habitat, local government and the EU join forces to combat Gender-Based Violence in Mogadishu through COVID-19 awareness forums

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, data from community health workers has shown that GBV cases have intensified especially in vulnerable communities

UN- Habitat through the Benadir Regional Administration (BRA), Directorate of Health and Human Services held a training on the prevention and response to Gender-Based Violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, an initiative funded by the European Union. The 30 participants who took part were drawn from the BRA Directorate of Health…

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UN-Habitat and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) partner in cash transfer initiative to cushion Kismayo residents from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

250 households will each receive a total of USD 210 over a three – month period to support their families

UN-Habitat has disbursed the first tranche of direct cash transfers of USD 70 each to 250 vulnerable households in Western Kismayo as part of the COVID-19 response within a larger project funded by the Government of Sweden which addresses youth and urban regeneration in Somalia. The same 250 households will…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Fighting COVID-19 in Africa’s informal settlements

One of the most pressing concerns for Africa is that over half the population (excluding in North Africa) live in overcrowded informal settlements

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost hundreds of thousands of lives in the world’s richest cities but poses an even greater threat to cities in the developing world. There are now more than 150,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across Africa, in all 54 countries, with South Africa and Egypt the worst…

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High level panel: Partnerships are key to creating innovative, inclusive cities

The four leaders answered questions on urban innovation, partnerships with the private sector, and the role of multilateralism

Two Presidents and two Prime Ministers shared ideas on Innovation in cities in front of a packed audience at the first UN-Habitat Assembly. The High Level panel featured President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, Prime Minister Josai Vorege Bainimarama of Fiji, and Prime Minister…