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Additional infrastructure brings safer learning to Mogadishu  
Somaliland, 6 May 13
From 1991 until quite recently, Somalia was without an effective central government. The long-standing absence of authority in the country had a particular impact on education for girls.
Groundbreaking for the Ayaha IV Shelter and Resettlement Project in Hargeisa  
Somaliland, 6 May 13
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Ayaha IV Shelter and Resettlement Project was held at the Ambassador Hotel in Hargeisa on 18 March 2013. The project involves the construction of 350 permanent low-cost housing units and prioritized community infrastructure (e.g. a piped water system, solid waste collection point, and community centre) for returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and the urban poor.
Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading Project gets underway  
Somaliland, 6 May 13
Ask anyone on the streets of the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa what their city needs most urgently, and the answer is immediate: water. Every day, tankers and donkey-carts deliver water to tens of thousands of homes and businesses that have no direct access to the existing municipal piped water system.
Inauguration of new councillors and district mayors in Somaliland  
Somaliland, 6 May 13
In December 2012, newly elected councillors and district mayors were inaugurated in most Somaliland districts. UN-Habitat, being a long-term development partner of these district authorities, received invitation letters to attend the inauguration ceremonies in Hargeisa, Boroma, and Burao. Abdirahman Adan Mahamoud and Asha Mohamed, two UN-Habitat staff from the Hargeisa office, attended the functions.
New shelter project integrates displaced persons into Bossaso host community  
Somaliland, 6 May 13
After months of preparation related to beneficiary selection, design, and tendering processes, a new shelter project began in January 2013 in Bossaso, Puntland. The initiative involves 500 houses constructed with funds provided by the Government of Japan, 150 houses funded by the UN Common Humanitarian Fund, upgrading through building urban infrastructure, and training of selected beneficiaries in income-generating activities. Parts of the project will be done through cooperation agreements with a local NGO and the Bossaso Vocational Technical Educational Centre.
Public-private partnerships increase sustainability of waste collection service in Mogadishu  
Somaliland, 6 May 13
One of the primary components of the European Union-funded project Sustainable Employment Creation and Improved Livelihoods for Vulnerable Communities in Mogadishu (SECIL) is solid waste management – which to date has been informal and ad hoc in Mogadishu, without a systematic or managed approach.
Construction training manual tested in Hargeisa  
Somaliland, 6 May 13
The Sustainable Employment Creation and Improved Livelihoods for Vulnerable Communities in Mogadishu (SECIL) project has developed a manual titled Practical Field Guide to Building Construction for Post-conflict Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Development. It details the essential parts of a building structure and provides information about standardized quality benchmarks, context-specific testing methods, skilled working principles for various construction sectors, and essential occupational safety standards.
UN-Habitat to support Kenya’s devolution process  
Nairobi, 6 May 13
The Transition Authority of Kenya the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support sustainable urban development and management in the framework of the devolved system of Government.
Young Land Surveyors Train in STDM Use and Application  
Abuja, Nigeria, 4 May 13
Seventeen young land surveyors recently gained hands-on experience in the use and application of Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) in Abuja, Nigeria, 4-6 May 2013. Directly preceding the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Working Week conference, the Training of Trainers (TOTs) was organised by the Global Land Tool Network Secretariat which is hosted by UN-Habitat, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), FIG Foundation and Young Surveyors Network (YSN).
Australia aids Sri Lankan towns to be resilient to disasters  
Colombo, 2 May 13
The Government of Australia is providing USD 1,039,900 to improve planning and community resilience in four disaster prone cities
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