Bibi Mahru Neighborhood Upgrade, Women’s Center and Market


Amount Raised


Total Investors

Project Overview

The Project requires transportation facilities (Roads, streets, pedestrian walkways, bicycle and bike lane), communication networks, water and a sewage system. Fortunately, Kabul Urban Design framework (KUDF) outlines an ambitious yet achievable vision for primary infrastructure systems. Within each section of Infrastructure requirement in this framework design, concepts are developed based on analyses of existing and projected future conditions, and key projects and policy recommendations are out.


  • Affordable Housing
  • Informal Settlements Upgrading
  • Transport & Mobility
  • Urban Infill & Public Space
  • Water & Sanitation
Funding Goal


Kabul Urban Design Framework (KUDF) seeks to simultaneously celebrate the fine-grain and complex Bibi Mahru Settlement and hillside, while also leveraging the potential for larger scale mixed-use development. Bibi Mahru becomes a focal point for interventions that consider first and foremost the social dimension of intervening in organic settlements, providing a framework for improvements in infrastructure and livability.The main objective towards implementing this project can be:

  • Making opportunity for newer mixed use development along the corridor
  • Renewed focus on landscape to restore ecologically vitality
  • Enriching the existing city while embracing transformative development
  • Public realm upgrading
  • Public improvements
  • Resettlement housing

Progress Tracker



Current Stage

Concept Stage: Specific projects are identified and conceptualized. There exists a basic economic model.


No timeline.

Project Milestones


ESG Impact

The Bibi Mahru neighborhood upgrade is a multi-sectoral initiative that addresses basic needs, livelihood opportunities, and women’s empowerment in Kabul. The project will involve multiple stakeholders, community participation, and collaborations across government sectors in order to deliver on the holistic goals set out by the plan. The project improves the living conditions 700 households in Bibi-Mahru living within hillside informal settlements. These households face difficulties in accessing jobs, transit, and decent water supply and sanitation infrastructure. The project supports the in-situ upgrading of these neighborhoods to improve water supply, sanitation, and mobility while mitigating risks through hillside forestry efforts. The project further integrates these settlements to Massoud Boulevard and investments towards a new Bus Rapid Transit line. Bibi Mahru’s hillside settlements will have easier access to the planned transit stop through improvements in the public realm and pathways. Households that are affected by this upgrade to improve accessibility are relocated in-situ to new social housing developments along Massoud Boulevard. Strategic interventions like the new marketplace creates a hub for entrepreneurs, traders, and informal livelihoods that is well-connected to the proposed BRT line. The Women’s Center will also become a dedicated resource for Kabul’s women by integrating education, vocational training, health, childcare, and entrepreneurial resources.


The project improves the living conditions 800 households in Bibi-Mahru living within hillside informal settlements. These households face difficulties in accessing jobs, transit, and decent water supply and sanitation infrastructure. The project supports the in-situ upgrading of these neighborhoods to improve water supply, sanitation, and mobility while mitigating risks through hillside forestry efforts.

SDG Goals

SDG 1: No PovertySDG 2: Zero HungerSDG 3: Good Health and Well-beingSDG 4: Quality EducationSDG 5: Gender EqualitySDG 6: Clean Water and SanitationSDG 7: Affordable and Clean EnergySDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthSDG 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSDG 10: Reduced InequalitySDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionSDG 13: Climate ActionSDG 14: Life Below WaterSDG 15: Life on LandSDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsSDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals


SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being
Healthy People are fundamental for happy, secure and prosperous societies. Providing such opportunity considered as In this project in which medical clusters are in proximity to the site, and the site involves creation of new public spaces, landscape and pedestrian path ways and network, that will contribute to reduction of air pollution and will courage the community to walk from their homes to their destination.

SDG 4 – Quality Education
The Bibi Mahru hillside settlement is linked through a Community Spine, which is an extension of the neighborhoods retail street (widened and upgraded.) This spine leads to shared recreation uses at the edge of the campus and the university heart beyond. An incubator and events hub design within this place and area provide a bridge between academic activities and businesses, while an indoor recreation center and field are shared between the university and the Bibi Mahru hillside community, this will help the society’s quality education.

SDG 5 – Gender Equality
Kabul Urban Design Framework, KUDF within this design, provide spaces where women can access opportunities and build support networks are needed at a variety of scales throughout the city. Based on the toolkit develop for the Kabul, the Bbi Mahru Women’s Center Provide a range of different amenities and services important to women, empowering them to thrive and contribute to Afghan society. The Bibi Mahru hilltop park will expand access to outdoor amenities not only for the hillside neighborhood, but to the larger context. It is part of a citywide framework strategy around creating new public spaces for all residents specially women in Kabul, while enhancing regenerating and preserving hillsides.

SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
As the project includes hill side, the hill side contour swales ac as a catalyst in afforestation efforts, adding organic material to the soil profile and increasing biodiversity, pockets considered in the design, within the current neighborhood fabric to capture and infiltrate rainwater within rain gardens. These green spaces help reduce erosion and keep roads and paths dry. Flat roofs can also be used to capture rainwater for grey-water use in cisterns

SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
A new urban market is proposed in this site adjacent to the BRT station and will become city-wide destination while also providing affordable produce to the Bibi Mahru community. the proposed market for this site, draws inspiration from the cultural context of the city, also the passageways leading into market from four direction, divide the space into four quadrants, these quadrants could be utilized as markets for different usage and commodities that can be occupied by the various vendors. Which contribute to decent work and economic growth of the city. On the other hand, Strong linkage to the medical cluster are also reinforce to provide access to recreation facilities and job training opportunity in the community.

Risks and Limitations

What are the key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project?

Budget, Resources and Time Management are the key constraints for the mentioned project.

Risk mitigation and continuity

The mentioned project is conceived by strategic urban design framework and guideline within the Kabul Urban Design Framework (KUDF) that has been ratified at national level by Presidential decree, which clarifies that, in case of change of government, it will not affect the implementation.


Type of Investment


Financing Structure

Public Private Partnership

Secured Investment

No investments has been made yet

Committed Government Funding

No. N/A.

National and Subnational Investors


Committed Private Funding

No. N/A.


Technical Support Required



Governmental Buy-in


Other Forms of Governmental Support

Only permitting support right now from the government exists.

National Ministries Involved

No one involved yet.

SubNational Ministries Involved

No one involved yet

Other Entities Involved

No other entities have been involved yet.

Licenses and Permits


KUDF is ultimate permit for the project.


  • 10th February 2020

    Cities Investment Platform in progress - updates pending

  • 10th February 2020

    Project featured on the Cities Investment Platform, which was launched at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

Supporting Documents

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