Cities are the main creators of economic wealth, generating over 70 per cent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Most industries and businesses are located in or within immediate vicinity of urban areas, providing city residents with jobs. Because most employment opportunities are within urban areas, cities attract large parts of a country’s job seeking population. This is especially true in developing countries, where an increasing share of economic activities take place in cities, and the differential between urban and rural wages is growing.
The Urban Youth Fund has provided support to 296 youth groups in 173 cities in 75 developing countries.
One Stop Youth Resource Centers have been set up in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Arua and Kigali. 3000 youth benefit from each centre every week.
The Automated Financial Management Systems programme in Somalia has helped 15 district authorities to improve revenue generation by over 200 per cent in 5 years.
In Afghanistan, revenue in four local authorities increased on average by 15 per cent in a few years as a result of improved property registration programme introduced by UN-Habitat.
The Kiambu County government in Kenya doubled its revenue collection between 2013 and 2015 as a direct result of technical assistance to automate its accounting and billings systems provided by UN-Habitat.