What is UN-Habitat?
UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable urbanization and human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Since established in 1978, as the United Nations agency, UN-Habitat has been responsible for urban development and human settlements, as well as the lead agency responsible for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 and the New Urban Agenda. UN-Habitat has 400 core staff and more than 2,000 project personnel located at Nairobi headquarters and four regional offices (South America, Asia, Africa, Arab states).
What is the Urban Economy and Finance Branch (UEFB) of UN-Habitat?
UN-Habitat has seven thematic “branches” or departments which function as central intelligence units for the agency on specific thematic areas of urbanization. At the Urban Economy and Finance Branch (UEFB) we naturally deal with all issues pertaining to urban economy and finance. See https://unhabitat.org/our-secretariat/branches/urban-economy-branch/ for more information
What do we do at UEFB?
Sample Analysis (illustrative)
Supporting with the design and capitalization of local investment funds
Supporting access to various grants and donor funding
Optimizing usage of public-private partnerships and bankability of projects
With limited funding it is crucial for local governments to be strategic as to where they put their money. We support local governments in finding a strategy that optimally leverages local resources, assets and capabilities
To minimize financial constraints, private sector investment needs to be attracted for basic service provision and economic growth. We support local governments in improving business conditions and finding key investment opportunities
One of the key characteristics that local governments need to deal with to leverage the private sector and increase local revenue is informality. We help governments work with the informality of their economy