Urban management and development in the City of Aleppo

Aleppo is Syria's second largest metropolitan area by population size, and the largest by economic strength. Aleppo derives its strengths from entrepreneurship and trade. Aleppo's Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a symbol of continuity, and source of identity for Syria.

Despite its size, dynamism, and historic uniqueness, Aleppo suffers from significant weaknesses. The city's recent masterplan foresees a growth of 6 percent annually over the next 15 years as Aleppo remains the focus of rural urban migration for northern Syria. Although urban incomes are higher than rural incomes, Aleppo suffers from considerable poverty, unemployment, informal settlements, lack of services, and limited infrastructure funding.

Between 20 and 30 percent of all housing is in the informal sector and by some estimates as much as 60 percent of all businesses lack essential permits. Under the general objective of developing capacities for urban development and management, the project cooperates with the Municipality of Aleppo in three fields: The City development strategy, the managing of informal settlements and the rehabilitation of the historic city center (the Old City) with a focus on economic development.

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