Mogadishu Social Housing Scheme


Amount Raised


Total Investors

Project Overview

The social housing scheme for Mogadishu is a scaled-up version of an existing pilot for 300 housing units. The scheme will provide a mixed use, mixed density space with a socially mixed population. Infrastructure, services and access, designed for integration with the existing urban fabric. Revenue generated ensures that the housing project can generate enough return to cover essential management O&M. The governance model of the scheme will ensure local authority and community representation.


  • Affordable Housing
Funding Goal


Development Opportunities, Upgrading of Existing Social and Community Assets

Progress Tracker


  • Phase 1 (Completed)

    The proposed scheme is a scaled up from the pilot project, physical site and typology design has been completed and endorsed for the pilot and the governance model designed. Currently the pilot is in the tendering phase and construction is expected to begin in early 2020.

  • Phase 2 (Completed)


  • Phase 3


  • Phase 4


  • Phase 5


Current Stage

Feasibility Assessment: Proof of concept, economic model, licensing and approvals obtained. Clearly presents rationale and identifies technical and financial challenges.


No timeline.

Project Milestones


ESG Impact

Not provided.


15,000 Urban poor and IDPs.

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


The New Urban Agenda, adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) by 193 UN member States in 2016, provides a shared vision of cities for all through the equal use and enjoyment of cities and human settlements, promoting inclusivity and ensuring safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements to leave no one behind. As a transformative force, urbanization has changed ways of thinking and acting, ways of governance, ways of using space, lifestyles, social and economic relations, consumption and production patterns. The adoption of both the SDGs with its dedicated urban goal, SDG 11, and the New Urban Agenda reflects the global acknowledgement of the role urbanization can play as a force for sustainable development.
In order to fully harness the potential of sustainable urban development, the New Urban Agenda forged the following transformative commitments:

SGD 1 – No Poverty

The New Urban Agenda recognizes “that the growing inequality and the persistence of multiple forms and dimensions of poverty, including the rising number of slum and informal settlement dwellers, is affecting both developed and developing countries.” It commits to “people-centered, and age and gender-responsive urban development,” that takes account the inclusion of refugees, displaced populations and migrants, and the needs of disabled people through a range of actions, including facilitating access to “affordable serviced land, housing, energy, safe drinking water and sanitation, waste disposal, sustainable mobility, … information and
communication technologies,” and to public spaces for all.

SGD 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

Urbanization generates wealth and vibrancy through concentrating people – their ideas, assets, interests, culture, education, wealth and needs – facilitating increased opportunities for transactions. This phenomenon, known as economies of agglomeration, benefits from compact, dense, mixed-use urban environments with good connectivity, effective infrastructure, and financing mechanisms that translate urban economies into revenue, which in turn can be reinvested towards the continual improvement of the public domain and the business environment. The New Urban Agenda, as well as committing to above principles, commits to ensure that improved urban economies result in decent work opportunities, the “empowerment of women and their full and equal participation in the economy,” and to “social mobility and opportunities for marginalized groups.”

Risks and Limitations

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

  1. Security;
  2. Availability of land;
  3. Political instability.

Risk mitigation and continuity

Guidelines and legal framework being developed in support from UN Habitat.


Type of Investment


Financing Structure

Public Private Partnership

Secured Investment

~$3M from EU and UN Habitat + land donated by local authority

Committed Government Funding

No. N/A

National and Subnational Investors


Committed Private Funding

No. N/A


Technical Support Required



Governmental Buy-in

Yes. National Level, Subnational/regional level.

Other Forms of Governmental Support

Subsidisation of land.

National Ministries Involved

H.E Abdi Adam Hoosow – Minister for Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing;
H.E Deqa Yasin – Minister for Women and Human Rights Development.

SubNational Ministries Involved

H.E Omar Mohamud Mohamed – Mayor and Governor of Mogadishu;
Dr. Hodan Abdullahi Ali – Regional Humanitarian Coordinator and Special Advisor to the Mayor.

Other Entities Involved

Matthew Flynn – UNHABITAT

Licenses and Permits


Approval from Mayor and Governor.


  • 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

No supporting documents included.



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