Geoff returned to Ulaanbaatar in October and November 2017 as the international land expert on the DAI project being undertaken for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The project seeks to understand how urban planning, urban expansion and urban land policy can support the water investment by MCC.
Geoff has been invited by the World Bank to contribute to a scoping mission on urban planning and affordable housing in Mongolia. The study focuses on the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, which has experienced rapid population growth in the last decade and has extensive areas of housing developed as informal settlements.
The mission will review previous work on these issues, meet key stakeholders in the public, private and civil society sectors, as well as local residents and identify policy options for local consideration. The first mission took place between 25 May – 9 June and a further mission is planned for late September.
Funding bodies: The World Bank
Duration: January 2013 – June 2014
Objectives: Review of current affordable housing policies in Ulaanbaatar
GPA was commissioned by the World Bank in April, 2013 to contribute to a review of current affordable housing policies and draw lessons to contribute to an on-going effort of the city to improve the living condition for residents in ger areas, where the majority of low-income households live in Ulaanbaatar. At present, there is a critical lack of data in housing that makes it almost impossible for city leaders to make evidence-based decisions. The task will first look at the city’s housing supply and demand through a segmented market analysis. Through the analysis, it intends to provide policy recommendations and possible approaches for the city to effectively improve housing conditions and meeting housing demands for its citizens, particularly for those in the ger areas. It is expected that the task will provide critical guidance to city leaders as they make decisions intended to expand affordable housing for ger area residents and improve the city’s overall planning for more sustainable urban development. This task will support the city in establishing a framework for data collection and analysis to enable it to make more informed decisions.