A place to call home

To mark World Habitat Day, we’re highlighting how UNOPS helps support human settlements, and build better lives for people and communities.


One-and-a-half million people were left homeless following the 2010 earthquake west of Port-au-Prince. In an effort to put a roof over their heads, UNOPS ​helped build over 600 new housing units and rehabilitated some 2,000 homes. Now, 33,000 Haitian families have a safe and secure place to call home.

With funding by the Haitian Reconstruction Fund, the Government of Canada, Woord en Daad and the Petunia Foundation, the 16/6 project was led by the Government of Haiti and jointly implemented by the UN Development Programme, International Labour Organization, International Organization for Migration and UNOPS.



To help close the gap in living conditions between urban and rural communities in Colombia, UNOPS worked with the Government to improve the state of housing and local infrastructure for close to 10,000 individuals. Home improvements allowed residents to access clean water, proper sanitation facilities and improved lighting and ventilation. 

Following decades of fighting in Colombia, the project favoured peace processes by boosting employment and helping provide a sense of community in the municipalities.​​

Project: In partnership with the Government of Colombia, Department of Social Prosperity, UNOPS improved housing conditions in Chocó, Bolívar, Atlántico and Magdalena. UNOPS work included improvements to housing and community infrastructure, as well as community social work, teaching sanitary, health and nutrition-related skills to 1,853 families across 17 municipalities; the same number of houses were designed, constructed or rehabilitated. The project also created more than 2,500 jobs for locals.



In 2012, 170 Roma families were relocated from an informal settlement in Belgrade to new housing areas​. To provide them with homes, UNOPS organized community consultations where women actively participated in the decision-making process. Families were able to choose from three housing solutions—such as apartments in newly built housing units or support to complete unfinished family houses—to accommodate the various sizes of families.

Project: With funding from the European Union, the three-year project was managed by UNOPS, in partnership with the City of Belgrade and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Launched in 2013, the project was designed in line with international standards on the right to adequate housing.



​Cities Alliance

UNOPS hosts a global partnership that supports cities in developing countries to enhance sustainable development and reduce poverty. By providing grants, the alliance helps improve urban development policies in developing countries, which promotes citizen engagement and strengthens the capacity of cities to provide city-wide services, especially to the urban poor. 

In Liberia, Cities Alliance is helping to improve the lives of nearly 400,000 slum dwellers. The programme will improve living and working conditions for the urban poor, and will help boost recovery processes following the 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak. ​

Project: The Cities Alliance members selected UNOPS as secretariat, trustee and implementing partner. In this role, UNOPS provides human resources and financial management services. Members of the Alliance include European and other donors, international organizations representing local authorities, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, developing country governments and non-governmental organizations.

UNOPS/Claude-André Nadon  ​ (Haiti)
UNOPS/Daniel Peña​ (Colombia)
UNOPS (Serbia)
Stuart Craig​ (Cities Alliance)