We are happy to announce the publication of the Urban Planning Manual for Somaliland. The book will mainly serve Somaliland professionals and technicians engaged in urban development activities. It will also be a useful tool for decision makers, local non-governmental organizations, and communities involved in the planning process.
The manual focuses on “plans and the plan-making process”, defining what plans are and outlining the basic procedural steps one ought to follow. The manual is based on UN-HABITAT’s engagement in Somaliland under the Urban Development Programme for the Somali region (SUDP), which aimed at broad-based capacity development that combined different components: good local governance, strategic projects, rapid spatial analyses of towns, and municipal finance.
Additional inputs to respond to the speciﬁc local context have been made under the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery. UN-HABITAT finalized the manual together with the Ministry of Public Works, Housing, and Transport and the Somaliland Municipality Association. The manual will be used to provide training to technical and administrative personnel in both central and local government structures.