UN-HABITAT, in support of the Inter-Ministerial Urban Planning Committee, is preparing a road map for the new Land and Urban Management Institute (LUMI), as well as for urban planning and land management, in order to accelerate sustainable urban development in Somalia. The road map aims at advancing the institutionalization of urban planning and land management services in Somalia, based on the specific approach of UN-HABITAT and the results obtained and lessons learned in Somaliland and Puntland.
In Somaliland, UN-HABITAT worked closely with the Ministry of Public Works, Housing, and Transport to establish LUMI and will continue to collaborate on the development of the organization and its functions. It is anticipated that LUMI will serve as an inter-ministerial technical service provider for urban planning and land management at both central and local levels in Somaliland. The road map will include the overall vision for LUMI, short- and long-term work plans, and specific activities.
The main challenge of the road map is capturing how best to realize the full potential of LUMI, given the hurdles of securing sufficient financial and human resources and ensuring strong ownership by the Government of Somaliland. A main objective of the road map is to increase awareness and advocacy in the field of urban planning and land management. Another is to transfer and adapt legal and technical methodologies developed in Somaliland to other regions in Somalia. In order to finalize the road map, intense discussions will be held with the relevant authorities in the coming months.