Hayenna: Integrated Urban Development Project in Egypt


This project should enhance the organizational capacity of local government units to better manage their land and linked local revenues. Furthermore, the project activities shall also support ongoing efforts aimed at improving the related legal and institutional frameworks at the national level. This project will be implemented by UN-Habitat.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Egypt
Urban infrastructure and utilities
30.06.2017 - 30.06.2022
CHF 8'100'000
Background Many informal settlements mushroomed all over Egypt since the 1980s at the cost of valuable agricultural land especially after the revolution of January 2011. As a result, about 40% of the buildings are now estimated to be informally built throughout Egypt and this figure rises to nearly 70% in the Greater Cairo Region. Because of this lack of formal urban planning and construction, and because inefficient public financing management, the Governorates and local municipalities ended up tolerating these informal settlements, losing thereby immense sums of direly needed income.
Objectives Urban residents benefit from a more transparent land management, as well as better planned and financially sustainable basic infrastructure services, that offer an attractive and inclusive alternative to informal settlements and facilitate local economic facilities in two selected sites (about 40ha each) in each of two pilot Governorates. The project consists of three components: 1. Transparent and Effective Urban Planning and Design and Land Management- 2. Improved Public Finance Management and Land Based Financing and 3. Support to Urban Policies and Regulations.
Medium-term outcomes 1.1 Improved land management, detailed planning and infrastructure provision1.2 Improved framework for local economic development2.1 Local government assets and investments mgmt is strengthened2.2 Financial planning for the implementation of the city detailed plans is enhanced2.3 Management of the Economic Housing Fund is improved2.4 Land-based revenue mobilization is increased3.1 Enhanced local and national reforms on PFM, urban planning and land management3.2 Scaling-up of the project findings
Results

Expected results:   Component 1Improved city development plans and cadastral maps are produced for the four selected sites.Land tenure and value are produced for each site. Basic, public infrastructure is planned and partly implemented. Component 2Land titling and property registration processes is more transparent and faster.Building permits delivery process is more transparent and faster.Prioritization of investments and cost benefit analysis.Diagnostic of management of the Housing Fund and action plan to improve it.Review land-based financing instruments (e.g. betterment levy, developer exaction).Component 3Recommendations (e.g. for the Building Law) for enhancing detailed plans, building regulations compliance, cadastral and land registration systems, land value capture, management of the Housing Fund.Strategy and recommendations for mainstreaming investment planning on the local level.Dissemination of lessons learned in the Governorates.International dissemination of lessons learned.


Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   8'100'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   11'800'000
Project phases Phase 10 30.06.2017 - 30.06.2022   (Current phase)