12 June 2018
Decimated by conflict, Somalia’s port town of Kismayo faces mounting pressure from internally displaced people, returning refugees, and climate change. To help the town prepare a vision for the coming years, our team is working with the State Government of Jubaland, Somalia to create a spatial plan supporting essential infrastructure.
Funded by the Danish government, the Kismayo Spatial Plan forms part of a broader programme for durable solutions in Somalia. Our team is implementing the programme alongside the Danish Refugee Council and the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat in East and Horn of Africa.
With support from our colleagues in Nairobi, we are leading efforts to ensure physical, material, and institutional safety for the city and its dwellers. Our strategic plan will outline necessary interventions for delivering basic services, infrastructure, shelter, and livelihood opportunities in the short and long term. This will be further supported by emphasising strong governance, knowledge management, and research.
We are undertaking the spatial plan together with Kismayo’s local government to enable informed decisions fostering socio-economic development and social cohesion. Kismayo is a city that especially needs to realise the effective integration of returnee populations, Inclusion Development Programmes, and host communities.
Among other functions, the spatial action plan seeks to assess financial and institutional resources, guide urban development and investment, provide a basis for wider stakeholder and community engagement, and clarify long-term development goals and objectives.
With the project still in its inception, it is expected to run for a total of four months following mobilisation.
Colin James, Urban Design Director at WYG, said: “The challenges facing people in Kismayo are undeniably arduous, but through all that hardship, it’s heartening to see a willingness from people in the region to turn things around. What they really need are the building blocks to make their vision for a prosperous and sustainable future a reality. We’re proud to be delivering the foundation of that vision through our spatial plan.”