Project Factsheet
United Nations Fund Darfur
Start Date *: 17 Dec 2015
End Date*: 30 Jun 2018
Country: Sudan Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNHABITAT - UN Centre for Human Settlement

Duration: 18 months

Lead Agency: UN-Habitat

Pillar 2: Reconstruction

Project Objectives

164,300 Returnees and low-income families has access to improved building material technology and basic services facilities through community based Stabilized Soil Block productions, self-help housing construction and demonstration of pilot houses and preparation of standard designs package of administrative buildings, health, schools

Introduction & Problem Statement:

The lack of services and infrastructure in the rural sector in Darfur, whether through pre-conflict neglect or from conflict destruction, is one of the main factors negatively influencing the decision to return.

Around one-third of all settlements in rural areas affected by the conflict have been destroyed or damaged, including premises used to deliver public services. At the same time, the lack of service buildings has been exacerbated by the process of decentralisation, where the number of localities in Darfur has increased from 10 in 1994 to 63 localities in 2012. Many of the new localities are experiencing a physical shortage and/or serious dilapidation of public buildings.

All this has serious implications for the viability and scale of IDPs’ and refugees’ return, who have made the provision of adequate social services a pre-requisite.

In an already fragile ecosystem the need for identifying alternative construction solutions is thus a priority, particularly the use of Stabilised Soil Block (SSB) and Ferro-cement channels for roofing as environmental friendly technology.

The introduction of SSB technology and Ferro-cement channels is multi-faceted: in addition to its positive environmental impact, it offers a wide range of employment opportunities, as well as generating income for unemployed youth and women. Moreover, it avails the prospect of returnees and host communities building their own houses through self-help approaches in the medium and long-run after completion of the return village cluster.


The Project will address the urgent construction needs and requirement for a standardised, environmental friendly, low-cost housing and administrative building/public facilities design package for provision of basic services in village cluster centres at return sites, such as medical facilities, schools, police stations, community buildings and staff housing. In this context the project provides harmonized and technical support to other UN agencies interventions at the field level and acts as spearhead by providing standardized design package as pre-requisite for interventions.

It recognises the sophisticated service hubs being built by the QDF and will design building that, using the same materials of SSB and Ferro-cement channels for roofing, can meet the needs of all return locations of differing population densities.

The project is designed to bring about positive impact on the environment through the promotion and application of woodless construction technologies. And job creation through engagement of unemployed youth in the construction activities, gaining construction skills to secure job opportunities in the local market during the reconstruction of Darfur.

Implementing Partners:

The Project implemented in close partnership with DRA, namely, the Voluntary Returns and Resettlement Commission (VRRC), the Ministry of Technology Development and Capacity Building (MTDCB) and the Ministry of Reconstruction Development and Infrastructure (MRDI), as well as the 5 State Ministries of Physical Planning and Public Utilities (MPPPU).

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