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The focus in the urban projects is to empower communities and civil-society organisations in the informal settlements; building up strong relationships among NGOs and CBOs operating in these areas.
Civil-society groups are encouraged and trained in planning methods that enable them to set priorities for their most pressing problems. We also help them to decide on technical solutions, financial aspects, and implementation of environmental projects.
As engines of economic growth and innovation, urban centres contribute greatly to social and economic development at national and local levels. Providing significant economies of scale, they absorb two-thirds of the population growth and offer opportunities of jobs, housing, and services for many.
As such, Africa’s cities constitute important centres of productivity and social advancement.
Urban areas in most African countries, however, have experienced high concentrations of population with inadequate, poorly maintained physical infrastructure such as housing, social facilities, utilities, and amenities.Consequently, the urban environment has been seriously degraded and is prone to a wide variety of hazards.
Today, two-thirds of Africa’s urban population is forced to live in informal, highly dense settlements, without adequate physical infrastructure.
The problems facing the urban poor are characterised by harsh life conditions:
Want to know more about our projects?
Please contact our Project Coordinators for information on either Kenya, Mali, Mozambique or Burkina Faso