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UN-Habitat in Pakistan

UN-Habitat’s engagement in Pakistan began on a small scale in the 1990’s addressing issues of secure tenure and other related problems. It further revived its operations after the 2005 earthquake. During the period 2006-2010 through the rural housing reconstruction programme, 3.5 million were successfully moved to safer and better homes; 14,000 families were moved to safer places from hazardous land and over 55,00 houses were constructed by the women-headed households.

The floods of 2010 affected more than 18 million people and caused an estimated $10 billion in damages. They were followed by heavy monsoon rains in September 2011, which affected some 9.7 million people in Sind hand Balochistan. Natural disasters have disproportionately affected the excluded and the vulnerable.

UN-Habitat Pakistan has extensive experiences, expertise and human resources in the fields of Housing, Basic Services, Community Infrastructure, Urban Development, Disaster Risk Management and Geographical Information Management. During its biggest project, Pakistan Settlements Flood Recovery Project, UN-Habitat maintained a strength of over 700 national and international staff with country office in Islamabad and provincial offices in Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Mardan. In addition to these locations, UN-Habitat operated out of 12 field offices throughout the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Sindh and Punjab.

Today, UN-Habitat’s engagement in Pakistan is in the areas of housing, community infrastructure, basic services, urban development, disaster risk management/early recovery land and property, and Geographic Information Management (GIS). The implementation approach is primarily “community-led” development, people’s process approach in which affected populations takes charge of their recovery, rehabilitation and development.

From 2005 to 2013, UN-Habitat has a total portfolio of more than $100 million for it developments and humanitarian work.

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Ongoing Projects


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Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for Pakistan

UN-Habitat and with the support of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the Provincial Government – Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) identified 4-6 cities in each Province for building resilience to urban risk. A total of 31 cities from the 6 administrative regions of Pakistan: Baluchistan, Gilgit-Baltistan …. Read more

Vulnerability Assessment for Delivering Policy Advice on Repeated Disasters in Balochistan

The project aims to build capacities of local authorities and communities at district and provincial level in disaster preparedness and response. The specific purpose of conducting vulnerability assessment is to develop multi-hazard and vulnerability risk profiles at district level that will facilitate formulation of policy advice for …. Read more

Climate Change Initiative in Pakistan

CCD and UN-Habitat initiated the pilot vulnerability assessment in Islamabad and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). A Project Steering Committee has been set-up headed by the Secretary CCD, while six-member technical oversight sub-committee of the Steering Committee was also established. The six members included …. Read more

Digitization of Land Records in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

In Pakistan, UN-Habitat plays an important role in the areas of governance, environmental management, disaster mitigation, post conflict rehabilitation, urban safety, water management, land property rights and poverty reduction. UN-Habitat has been involved with Provincial Disaster areas (earthquake, flood and militancy… Read more

Province-Wide Incremental Upgradation Programme in Urban Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Urbanization is a wealth-creating process provided it is well managed. The growing economy will require a large pool of skilled labour, and urban economies of scale and agglomeration have the potential to enhance productivity and raise income levels. The transformative power of urbanization needs to be understood and captured for…. Read more

Setting-up an Integrated Resource Recovery Center in Islamabad’s Sector G-15

Integrated Resource Recovery Centers, IRRCs, aim at recovering valuable resources from waste. Three major activities can be carried out by the IRRC: collection of segregated waste, processing of waste and sale of the resources generated. The main focus of IRRCs is on organic waste, which typically comes from kitchens, restaurants, …. Read more

Support to polio eradication through WASH and increased resilience of communities against disasters and health hazards

UN-Habitat focused its broader assistance in Junejo colony in Scheme 33 of UC4, one particular area in Gadap Town. This colony has a population of 46,000 (approx. 7,000 households). The population is exposed to annual flooding whenever heavy rains occur in the catchment area of River Lyari. During floods, the people living on the edge …. Read more

Build My School Better

The project aims to provide safe drinking water, adequate separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls and personal hygiene education for the sustainable environmental conditions and reducing the incidence of diarrhoea, malaria, trachoma …. Read more

Geospatial Mapping of Critical Government Buildings in Most Vulnerable Districts of Pakistan

UN-Habitat has rich experience in Geographical Information System based mapping & development and it is one of the key strengths of organization. Moreover, highly technical expertise in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) differentiate UN-Habitat from other humanitarian agencies. With such strong profile …. Read more

UN-Habitat Pakistan’s Humanitarian Support

UN-Habitat is a full member of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC), a unique inter-agency forum for coordination, policy development and decision-making involving the key UN and non-UN humanitarian partners. Further, the Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs (ECHA) review process has recognized the unique niche of UN-Habitat …. Read more


Completed Projects

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