About Us

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?

  • Supporting sub-national governments optimize their own-source revenue

Sample Analysis (illustrative)

Land-based finance instruments
e.g. Nearly unused 27%
User Fees
e.g. Room for Improvement 50%
Fines, & Other Revenue Streams
e.g. Nearly fully leveraged 82%
  • Increasing access to credit, grants and private sector investment


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

  • Supporting local economic growth, development and dynamism

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

Where have we worked in the past?

Find out more about our past projects and what we have achieved so far

Future Saudi Cities Programme

Problem Statement The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is witnessing a rapidly growing urbanization due to demographic, social and economic growth in the country that resulted in an increase in the…

Revitalizing Nairobi’s railways

Problem Statement There was an overall lack of economic development of the area around the railway station area in Nairobi Support provided by UN-Habitat Technical assistance was provided to Kenya…