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Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystems Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities. A Rapid Response Assessment
  • Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystems Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities. A Rapid Response Assessment
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). March 2011
  • This report shows that there is a way forward for a more sustainable future where restoration of ecosystems, often in the green hills and watersheds surrounding cities, can provide cheaper, efficient and resilient water supply systems in a changing world. The case studies provided in this report present urban water challenges in African cities, and highlight approaches adopted to reduce the impacts of urbanisation on water and ecosystems. Seven case studies discuss urbanisation characteristics of their respective cities, state and trends of water withdrawals ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Food security, Informal settlements, Pollution, Poverty reduction, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization, Wastewater, Water demand, Water management, Water quality, Water security, Water supply, Water treatment

Investigating Grey Areas: Access to Basic Urban Services in the Adjacent Areas of Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon
  • Investigating Grey Areas: Access to Basic Urban Services in the Adjacent Areas of Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). March 2011
  • This report presents results of a research on access to basic urban services in the Adjacent Areas of Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon. The basic urban services covered are in the sectors of: 1) Water Provision; 2) Sewerage; 3) Solid Waste Management; 4) Electricity; and 5) Road Networks. The research looks at access to basic urban services from a governance perspective, focusing on dwellers' strategies and mechanisms; their web of relationships with other public and private stakeholders; and the role played by each stakeholder. It also presents a rapid a...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Informal settlements, Refugees, Sanitation, Urban areas, Utility services, Water services, Water supply

Infrastructure for economic development and poverty reduction in Africa
  • Infrastructure for economic development and poverty reduction in Africa
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). February 2011
  • This report evaluates the role of infrastructure in promoting economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa. It is devoted to the study of the complementary physical infrastructure - telecommunications, power, transport (roads, railways, ports and airports), and water supply. The report is presented in seven chapters. Chapter Two appraises the relationship between infrastructure and development; Chapter Three examines Africa's infrastructure endowment; and Chapter Four evaluates the financing options. The focus of Chapter Five is the record of private secto...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Economic impact, Financing, Infrastructure, Investments, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty reduction, Private sector participation (PSP), Sanitation, Utility services, Water supply

Nepal Country Impact Study
  • Nepal Country Impact Study
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2011
  • This document is an internal Nepal country impact study of initiatives supported by UN-HABITAT's Water and Sanitation Trust Fund (WSTF) undertaken by a team of international consultants. The document presents the achievements and impact of a sample of 16 selected projects which are considered representative of the Nepal project portfolio of 48 projects and provides some recommendations.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Financing, Gender, Infrastructure, Investments, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Poverty reduction, Sanitation, Urban areas, Water services, Water supply

Main Report of the First Water and Sanitation Trust Fund
  • Main Report of the First Water and Sanitation Trust Fund
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2011
  • This document presents the overall summary and synthesis of the first impact study of initiatives supported by UN-HABITAT's Water and Sanitation Trust Fund (WSTF). The WSTF, which was established in 2003, aims to leverage new investment and ideas to expand the water and sanitation (WATSAN) service coverage for poor urban dwellers and help build momentum for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Community participation, Financing, Gender, Investments, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Poverty reduction, Sanitation, Urban areas, Water services, Water supply

Gender Mainstreaming Impact Study
  • Gender Mainstreaming Impact Study
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2011
  • This impact assessment identifies how the water and sanitation initiatives implemented under the Water Sanitation and Infrastructure Branch of UN-HABITAT, have strategically mainstreamed gender aspects in its various initiatives and to identify achievements and impact, challenges, lessons learned and provide recommendations. The study has looked at global, regional and country activities. The country programmes reviewed are implemented in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria in Africa; India, LaoPDR, Nepal and Vietnam in Asia and Nicaragua in the Latin America ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Financing, Gender, Informal settlements, Poverty reduction, Sanitation, Water supply

(The) State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequality and Urban Land Markets
  • (The) State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequality and Urban Land Markets
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). November 2010
  • This report elaborates on particular urban processes and themes relevant to Africa, illustrating them with recent data and relevant examples. While much of the scope does focus on cities, no specific settlement size threshold is used and this report addresses urbanization and urban areas in general. The report highlights urban trends and emerging and key challenges for the African region (urbanisation, regional mobility, urban poverty, slums and urban land markets), and links them with water and sanitation issues where relevant.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Energy, Equity, Informal settlements, Sanitation, Slums, Urban areas, Urbanization, Utility services, Water security, Water services

Water for sustainable urban human settlements. Briefing Note. Messages for urban mayors, leaders and high-level decision makers
  • Water for sustainable urban human settlements. Briefing Note. Messages for urban mayors, leaders and high-level decision makers
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), UN-Water. March 2010
  • Today, half of humanity lives in urban areas. By 2050 all regions will be predominantly urban. Building on the outcomes of the World Water Development Report 3 (WWDR3) and on work implemented by UN-HABITAT, this Briefing Note restates the critical water-related challenges of this unprecedented urban expansion - from providing access to basic services to ensuring environmental and human security. The paper provides for concrete policy options to meet these challenges, protect against potential water-related disasters and ensure the development of sustainable u...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disasters, Drinking water, Financing, Sanitation, Technology, Urban areas, Vulnerable groups, Water services, Water supply

(The) State of African Cities 2008: A framework for addressing urban challenges in Africa
  • (The) State of African Cities 2008: A framework for addressing urban challenges in Africa
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). March 2008
  • This is the fi rst issue in an evolving series of state of the African cities reports, intended to provide both a tool and a platform for debate on urban issues within Africa. It aims to provide focus and encouragement to African governments at the central and local level as well as to other key actors in the broad area of sustainable human settlements development. The question of urban water and sanitation supply is addressed all along the report.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Informal settlements, Sanitation, Slums, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water security, Water services, Water supply

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