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UN-Habitat and Norway visit Mukuru, Nairobi  
Nairobi, 19 Nov 12
The Norwegian Minister for Development, Heiki Eidsvoll Holmas, and UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr Joan Clos, have visited Slum/Shack Dweller’s International projects in Mukuru, Nairobi.
A new UN-Habitat City Resilience Profiling Programme  
Nairobi, 15 Nov 12
UN-Habitat announced on Thursday that it is seeking city partners to pilot a new integrated urban planning and management model to help cities build reslience against disasters such as the recent superstorm Sandy which crashed through coastlines from the Caribbean and north America's Atlantic seaboard, or tsunamis and earthquakes.
UN-Habitat establishes advisory group on gender issues  
Nairobi, Kenya, 15 Nov 12
UN-Habitat has established an advisory group aimed at advising the Executive Director on all issues related to gender matters in the work of the agency.
Geographic information system project completed in Gardho  
Gardho, 7 Nov 12
After the successful geographic information system (GIS) property survey and database development intervention in Garowe District, Puntland, UN-Habitat Somalia has established a GIS property database for Gardho District. Gardho, like other districts in Puntland, lacks an accurate, up-to-date land and property information system, which is crucial for town planning and revenue collection.
Local Governments in Somaliland: Challenges and Opportunities  
Somaliland, 7 Nov 12
This is a brief summary of the paper of the same title written by Abdirahman Adan Mohamoud in April 2012. The paper examines the status of local governments in Somaliland in terms of administration, fiscal arrangements, legal frameworks, and service delivery. It explores opportunities and challenges, and provides recommendations. For the full paper, please contact UN-Habitat Somalia.
Garbage collection service for four pilot districts in Mogadishu  
Mogadishu, 7 Nov 12
As part of the multi-partner, European Union-funded project Sustainable Employment Creation and Improved Livelihoods for Vulnerable Communities in Mogadishu (SECIL), which is directed by UN-Habitat Somalia, a sustainable solid waste collection system will be set up in the four pilot districts of Hamarweyne, Hamarjajab, Shingani, and Waberi.
Art addresses the importance of water  
Mogadishu, 7 Nov 12
As part of its awareness-raising campaign on the importance of a safe water supply, the Sustainable Employment Creation and Improved Livelihoods for Vulnerable Communities in Mogadishu (SECIL) project is bringing UNEP’s 22nd International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment to Mogadishu.
Gabiley District Profile completed as Puntland profiles finalized  
Gabiley, 7 Nov 12
In early August, the UN-Habitat team produced the Gabiley District Profile. The Economic and Development Subcommittee of the District Council supported this endeavour, with assistance from the Executive Secretary, the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor, the head of the Administration and Finance Department, and local government staff, including heads of technical departments.
Leadership, conflict management, and gender training in Gabiley, Bossaso, Jariban, and Garowe  
Somaliland, 7 Nov 12
As a part of a local government capacity-building programme, UN-Habitat this year conducted a series of trainings on Local Leadership Management, Conflict Management, and Gender and the Involvement of Women in Local Governance in Gabiley (Somaliland), Bossaso (Puntland), and Jariban (Puntland).
Road demarcation in Garowe: Phase I of Road Network Development Plan implemented  
Garowe, 7 Nov 12
The Local Government of Garowe, with technical assistance from UN-Habitat Somalia, has completed the implementation of the first phase of the collaborative project Development of a Road Network Development Plan and Road Demarcation for Garowe.
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