The “KIJANI PEMBA” project aims to improve the living conditions of individuals and families in the main urban areas of Pemba Island, with a focus on accessibility, hygiene, public services, waste management, sustainable urban planning, and gender-related issues. The action is part of the Green and Smart Cities SASA program. 

The initiative focuses on the Municipalities of Chake Chake and Mkoani on Pemba Island, which have experienced unplanned urban growth and infrastructure deficiencies. The demographic growth in the region is putting pressure on public services and contributing to poverty, with a strong presence of large families and deficiencies in access to food, water, healthcare, and education. Key challenges addressed include the lack of standardized urban regulations, limited engagement of vulnerable population groups such as women, youth, and people with disabilities in spatial planning, inadequate urban planning tools at the municipal level, poor waste management, the precarious state of public infrastructure, and lack of safe drinking water. 

The proposed action aims to tackle these challenges through a series of interventions. The overall goal is to improve the quality of life for urban communities, reduce social and economic vulnerability, and promote sustainable, inclusive, and resilient development. The main outputs of the projects are: the construction and rehabilitation of 4 schools, 2 markets, 10 bus stops, 4 green areas, 5 incinerators in health facilities, 10 sanitation facilities in public spaces as well as 10 WASH interventions in the community