WIOMSA and the UN Habitat are pleased to announce the release of two reports assessing the performance of two coastal cities in the Western Indian Ocean: Mombasa, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
In 2019, WIOMSA, through its Cities and Coast Project, together with the UN-Habitat, initiated the Global Urban Monitoring Framework (UMF) project for Mombasa and Dar es Salaam, following a meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya. The discussions at the meeting focused on piloting the SDG indicators’ framework focusing on SDG 11, which would form the baseline for monitoring and reporting of urban data in a select number of coastal cities.
The Global UMF serves as a cohesive structure designed to assess urban progress across vital aspects of sustainability. It was developed as a component of the UN System-wide Strategy on sustainable urbanisation for use in monitoring Sustainable Development Goals and other urban programs. Comprising a diverse range of metrics, the UMF guides stakeholders in evaluating the progress of cities and urban areas by indicators, domains, and city objectives against other cities globally
Implementation of the framework in Dar es Salaam and Mombasa aimed to develop baseline UMF databases to portray snapshots of the cities’ performance. This was done through multi stakeholder processes that drew actors from the government, private sector, civil society, and non-state organisations to apply data in urban diagnosis in each of the cities. The process further included calculating different indicators, identifying gaps, and outlining policy recommendations specific to the cities to act as an exemplar for coastal cities interested in applying the UMF to monitor their performance.
With support from WIOMSA, the UN Habitat has published two reports that showcase the key results stemming from the pilot implementation of the framework in the two cities. The publications present comprehensive analyses of the urban performances of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam.