The Participatory District Rehabilitation in Mogadishu Project began in 2010, building on interventions that started in 2007. The project aims at strengthening informal local governance structures, implementing projects for better services and upgraded public infrastructure, and improving livelihoods.
Despite the challenging operating environment, the project has rehabilitated key public infrastructure, providing livelihoods, services, and employment to local communities. Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of the 16 districts of Mogadishu has provided a basis for future rehabilitation interventions.
- Capacity-building workshops on “Managing Conflicts and Differences” have been implemented for all 16 districts and the Bermuda enclave, bringing together various stakeholders, fostering dialogue, and strengthening the rehabilitation and prioritization process. In total, 595 district leaders were trained, 30 percent of whom are women.
- The team of two GIS-trained resource persons and six senior assessors have produced – under the overall guidance and with the technical support of UN-HABITAT – draft digital maps and databases for all 16 districts.
- Seventeen subprojects have been implemented. Due to the prevailing security situation, projects were shifted to safer areas from the following districts: Bondhere, Abdi Aziz, Hodan, Karaan, Shibis, and the Bermuda enclave.
In the first half of 2011, a second phase of the project is being initiated through increased support from Italian Cooperation. In this phase, the strategy will revert to participatory district workshops, for increased transparency and wider dialogue. Elements from UN-HABITAT’s Local Leadership and Management Skills and Gender and the Role of Women in Local Governance modules will strengthen the governance capacity-building workshops. The mapping effort will continue, adding information on key services.
UN-HABITAT will strengthen its technical support to the project, supporting – among other things – design, bill of quantities formulation, and tendering for and use of materials. The component in support of urban IDPs has already started and involves the construction of schools and support to UNICEF’s emergency education initiative. This is made possible through Sida funding.