UN Habitat

Areas of support:UN-HABITAT_logo_blue

  • Humanitarian support
  • Urban legislation, land and governance
  • Urban planning and design
  • Urban basic services
  • Housing and slum upgrading
  • Risk reduction and rehabilitation
  • Information management

Humanitarian support: UN-Habitat’s focuses on housing, land and settlement planning with the approach of building back better. It provides life-saving shelter, WASH and community infrastructure including support to Afghan refugees and internally displaced population living outside camps. Implementation is primarily through community-led development in which affected populations take charge of their recovery, rehabilitation and development.

Urban legislation, land and governance: UN-Habitat facilitates strategic reforms for urban expansion while strengthening decentralization and local democracy. Its “Guide on Land and Property Rights” highlights elements of land administration systems and ownership. It currently supports the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Government to improve land governance system through MIS and GIS-based digitized land records and to establish district-level Service Delivery Centres.

Urban planning and design: UN-Habitat facilitates the improvement of policies, plans and designs for more compact, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities that foster sustainable urban development and resilience to climate change. Initiatives include developing national urban policies, cities and climate change action plans and compiling baseline data and mapping critical urban issues.

Urban basic services: UN-Habitat’s urban WASH, drainage and waste management programmes focus on increasing equitable access to urban basic services and improving the standard of living for the urban poor. Initiatives include slum improvement focused on urban WASH to reduce polio in Sindh, an association of municipal water and sanitation operators through the Pakistan Water Operators Network and construction of Integrated Resource Recovery Centres.

Housing and slum upgrading: UN-Habitat carried out slum studies in KP and Islamabad Capital Territory. With its technical capacity in the urban sector and experience with community driven projects, it provides technical advice to the KP Government for a province-wide settlement improvement programme to meet the challenges of urbanization.

Risk reduction and rehabilitation: UN-Habitat prioritizes resilience and good practices following the philosophy of sustainable reconstruction. Its cornerstone is ensuring prevention, protection, early recovery, resilient shelter, WASH and community infrastructure. This includes post disaster and climate change vulnerability assessments.

Information management: UN-Habitat provides capacity building and technical support through IT/MIS/GIS expertise, upgrading GIS Labs, database and software development and geospatial mapping of critical government buildings.

Ms. Bella Evidente OIC Country Programme Manager, UH-Habitat 

Bella Evidente - UN HabitatMs. Bella Evidente, a Philippine national, started her career in the UN System in 1996 with UNDP working on poverty reduction and HIV/AIDS portfolios in the Philippines and in Cambodia. In 2004, she joined UNOPS Kabul, Afghanistan as Chief of Programme Support and moved to UNOPS Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark as Programme Management Lead. In 2008, she was appointed Business Process and Change Management Advisor at UN-Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently serving as Country Programme Manager and Representative a.i. for UN-Habitat Pakistan.

Ms. Evidente has a post-graduate diploma in Social Policy from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, Netherlands. She studied International Economics for her Master’s degree and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy as Magna Cum Laude, both from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She is a member of two international honour societies for academic excellence.