Baidoa Urban Profile – Working Paper and Spatial Analyses for Urban Planning Consultations and Durable Solutions for Displacement Crises [EN/SO]

The purpose of the working paper is to prepare a rapid urban planning exercise for elaborating on solutions for long term urban development and current displacement crisis. Reference is being made to other studies and data updates undertaken by UN agencies and other international stakeholders, for example REACH Initiative, which capture in detail the situation of IDPs and returnees in Baidoa.

This working paper summarizes major aspects of an urban analysis (profile) from the spatial prospective. That includes considerations of the development potentials and constraints with a time horizon of five to ten years.

Taking into consideration that developments in Baidoa can change quite quickly and depend on the overall economic, social and environmental trends in Somalia, the paper tries to capture the main settlement topics and link them to the demands of the various communities living in town (including returnees, IDPs and host community).

Based on the recent Community Consultations in Baidoa’s urban villages, and reflecting on local, state and national strategy papers and plans (National Development Plan) the paper outlines proposals to combine planned city extensions and transformations with the integration and upgrading of the many IPD settlements in a way that all residents benefit from the improved living conditions, better access to urban services and job opportunities.

It is hoped that this working paper contributes to the necessary public discussion on Baidoa’s future development and facilitates decision making by state and local authorities, including the new Baidoa District Council, in the interest of all. The steps and the concept for city consultations are explained in the final chapter.

Source: UN Human Settlements Program