Macroproyectos de Interes Social Nacional: Developing a Policy and Programme Framework



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The proposed activity follows up on the main conclusions of a previous Cities Alliance grant. The Land and Housing for Low Income Population study (2007) analysed four major urban areas and identified the main technical, institutional and financial constraints in their housing markets. The current activity proposes to implement a specific plan to address these issues by providing the legal and administrative structure for the government's new programme, Macroproyectos Urbanos, which aims to increase access for low-income households to affordable land and housing in the 14 major metropolitan areas of Colombia.
The central objective of the programme is to develop a commercially sustainable public-private model for land and housing development that overcomes land and housing market rigidities through a combination of public and private investment and the reform of relevant regulatory instruments. This Technical Assistance component will complement a World Bank loan intended for investments in the primary urban infrastructure necessary to enable the implementation of Macroproyectos in different cities. These primary infrastructure investments will be in the following areas: (i) water and sanitation; (i) road and transport networks; (iii) energy and gas; and (iv) flood protection and related risk mitigation infrastructure.
1.1 Real Estate Development Model for Macroproyectos Program 1.2 Land Management Framework for Macroproyectos Program 1.3 Analysis of Municipal Basic Services, Public Finances and Political Economy Issues 1.4 Metropolitan Infrastructure Planning Assessment 1.5 Programme Social Outreach, Communication and Dispute Management Framework 1.6 Methodology Development and Pilot Land Market and Infrastructure Assessment (LMIA)
Expected Impacts and Results
The Macroproyectos programme will positively impact the future national development of Colombia. Proper implementation of this programme will provide the housing sector with a stable supply of urbanised land in the following years, thus enabling the government to complete social and priority housing developments.