Rebuilding Marawi through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood
In line with UN-Habitat’s goal of advancing sustainable urbanization as a driver of development and peace to improve living conditions for all, the Rebuilding Marawi project, funded by the Government of Japan, aims to help conflict-affected and internally-displaced persons (IDPs) bounce back by providing permanent shelters and livelihood support. This is implemented through the People’s Process, a community-driven approach that has been used and proven effective in empowering communities in post-disaster and postconflict situations.
Rising from the
The five-month conflict left 24 of Marawi City’s 96 barangays—almost its entire commercial district—uninhabitable, affecting as many as 60,000 of the city’s 201,000 residents who will not be able to return. – Philippines Humanitarian Country Team, Humanitarian Response and Resources Overview, 2018 IDPs and migrant groups are also often omitted from consideration in urban sustainability planning, possibly because they are regarded as being temporary or transitory residents. – World Cities Report 2020: The Value of Sustainable Urbanization The proximity of different families that were dislocated and later thrown together in cramped shelters has raised tensions and incidents of violence. Getting medical help is difficult with few medial workers on site and with the crowding of health centers and hospitals due to the pandemic. It is also difficult to find jobs and other employment because of the distance of the shelters from public transport hubs or the few commercial areas left in Marawi. – Enduring Wars, Conflict Alert, 2020
Key Project Accomplishments
Through the People’s Process, affected communities are heavily involved in project design and implementation, so much so that they are no longer mere recipients of aid on the sidelines but rather prime movers who are front and center in the recovery process.
Partner with UN-Habitat
UN-Habitat Philippines hopes to create socially and environmentally sustainable cities, provinces, villages and barangays in the Philippines, and welcomes partnerships with government, international agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector.