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Innovative land-based finance solutions for service delivery, reconstruction and rebuilding the social contract in fragile contexts

How can land-based finance be deployed to support post-conflict reconstruction, strengthen the social contract and build peace in fragile contexts? Through learning from experiences in Afghanistan, Somalia, Palestine and other fragile situations, the roundtable will explore the role of innovative land and property finance mechanisms in providing essential infrastructure, improving equitable service delivery, and contributing to post-conflict recovery and citizenship building.

Jean du Plessis



Tuesday, June 28, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 4
UN-Habitat (Land, Housing and Shelter Section)
Integrated Governance in Spatial Planning for a More Just, Green, and Healthy Urban Future
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UN-Habitat and its partners have been studying the usage of land-based finance in fragile contexts and specifically how these mechanisms can be used to contribute to post-conflict reconstruction and strengthen the social contract. Drawing from experiences in Afghanistan, Somalia, Palestine and other fragile contexts, the event will identify challenges as well as showcase ‘good practices’ on the adoption of land-based finance mechanisms. It will emphasize the need for locally appropriate customization, the prerequisites for reform success, the limitations and specific risks in pursuing land-based finance reforms, how to preserve reform momentum, and how to measure/evaluate success. It will focus specifically on the need for increased revenue to result in improved and/or more equitable service delivery, in order to promote reconstruction and rebuilding the social contract. By showcasing these practices, partnerships and tools, this event strongly connects with WUF11’s theme of Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future and builds on the important messaging of using innovative domestic finance mechanisms to close infrastructure gaps and contribute to post-conflict recovery contained with global agendas such as the SG’s action agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the New Urban Agenda.

The event will take the format of short inputs by key speakers, followed by an interactive round-table discussion and feedback from the floor, and ending with summation by a discussant.


1. To provide a platform to share experiences on how to use land-based finance mechanisms to fuel reconstruction and strengthen the social contract in fragile contexts

2. To identify and share ‘good practices’ in adopting and customizing land-based finance mechanisms

3. To identify gaps in the current body of knowledge on how to use land-based finance for purposes of reconstruction and the strengthening the social contract

4. To strengthen the discourse on and build an alliance around the need for domestic resource mobilization

5. To build the capacity of participants around the usage of land-based finance in fragile contexts 6. To raise awareness among participants of the Municipal Finance and land-based finance work in particular of UN-Habitat in fragile contexts

Session speakers

Mr. Antony Lamba
Chief Technical Advisor
UN-Habitat, Afghanistan
Mr. Abdirahman Mohamoud
Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements
UN-Habitat, Somalia
Mr. Ra'ed Sharabati
General Director, Supervision and Control Department
Ministry of Local Government
Ms. Ohood Enaia
Head, Planning and Policies Unit
Ministry of Local Government
Mr. Mohamed Nada
Senior Urban Specialist
The World Bank
Mr. Lennart Fleck
Programme Management Officer, Municipal Finance
Mr. Jean du Plessis
Programme Management Officer, Land Specialist
Ms. Ombretta Tempra
Human Settlements Officer, Land Specialist
UN-Habitat, Regional Office for Arab States
Mr. Robert Lewis-Lettington
Chief of Section: Land, Housing and Shelter
Mr. Jan-Petter Holtendahl
Senior Advisor
Section for Governance and Transparency