Utility Services for the Development of Housing in Squatter/Informal Settlements (WB-P159183)

  • Fiji
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Specific Location
Nadonumai, Qauia, Waidamudamu and Wakanisila
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Voting Date
Sep 30, 2016
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Government of Fiji
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  • Infrastructure
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 4.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jul 26, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Mar 18, 2016

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Project Description
The PDO supports the Government of Fiji’s (GoF) broader objective of eradicating poverty through the provision of housing and land opportunities for all by: • facilitating for the provision of basic infrastructure services and affordable and decent housing opportunities for the low income earners and those with special needs; • providing some form of security of tenure (establishment of property rights); and • improving urban infrastructures and amenities in compliance with the Fiji Urban Policy Action Plan [2004] and Fiji Urban Growth Management Plan [2006] and Fiji National Housing Policy [2011]. The targeting will be geographic and by low income households (those earning less than FJD15,000 per annum) in identified squatter settlements. These low-income households do not own land or the lease rights to the property and are “squatting” on other people’s land, either illegally or under informal arrangements, as a result, there are no formal utility services available to the settlements. The GoF has a policy of addressing this issue by facilitating formal lease holding over the land, subdividing the land and providing basic services to the communities. This project links security of tenure with access to basic utility services. The GoF has identified lack of security of tenure and affordable housing and basic utility services as a key priority because of the impact on the social and economic well-being of households living in the informal/squatter settlements. It has established a policy to systematically address this issue through the formalization of titles to leases and provision of services.
Investment Description
Global Partnership on Output-based Aid

Contact Information
Department of Housing, Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Contact: Kolinio Bola, Director Email: kolinio.bola@govnet.gov.fj ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF WORLD BANK The World Bank Inspection Panel is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who believe they are likely to be, or have been, adversely affected by a World Bank-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the Inspection Panel, they may investigate to assess whether the World Bank is following its own policies and procedures for preventing harm to people or the environment. You can contact the Inspection Panel or submit a complaint by emailing ipanel@worldbank.org. You can learn more about the Inspection Panel and how to file a complaint at: http://ewebapps.worldbank.org/apps/ip/Pages/Home.aspx.