Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza

Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza is the Former Director of UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Africa.

He joined UN-Habitat in May 1991 as a Human Settlements Officer. He served in the Office of the Executive Director of UN-Habitat as Director and Principal Adviser, Policy and Strategic Planning from August 2010 to February 2017. Prior to that, he served as Chief of the Policy Analysis Branch and Editor of UN-Habitat’s Global Report on Human Settlements from April 2003 to July 2010. Naison also served as UN-Habitat’s Acting Chief of Staff from March 2012 to early 2013. Before joining UN-Habitat, he was Professor and founding Chairman of the Department of Rural and Urban Planning at the University of Zimbabwe. He has published widely on urban and human settlements development issues. A Zimbabwean national, Naison read Geography and Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, UK. He holds BA Honours and MA degrees in Geography, as well as an MPhil and a PhD in Land Economy. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, UK.

Content by Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza
  • Blog post

    How clean hands can save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Handwashing with soap is the first line of defence against COVID-19. But without active support to improve water, sanitation and hygiene, the world is much more likely to experience prolonged and repeated pandemics. On June 1st, 9-year-old Stephen Wamukota received the Kenyan presidential award for inventing a pedal-operated hand-washing machine. The contraption, fashioned...

    30 Jun 2020 | Sebastian Kriticos, Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Water, sanitation, and hygiene policy in the time of COVID-19

    Investing in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is a no-regret policy for developing countries in the fight against COVID-19. According to numerous studies, for every $1 invested, the return in terms of healthcare savings, reduced time off work, and increased national productivity is between $2-4 for water and $5-9 for sanitation. This is particularly true for...

    30 Jun 2020 | Michael Blake, Edward Glaeser, Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos, Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza

  • Blog post

    Empowering our cities to fight the pandemics of the future

    Members of the Cities that Work council come together to delineate the critical challenges that need to be addressed to equip our cities to withstand pandemics. Cities accomplish many wonderful things - they enable people to exchange ideas, goods and services, and many other forms of collaboration. However, the fact that they serve as international and national...

    18 Jun 2020 | Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Astrid Haas, Craig Kesson, Jonathan Leape, Jennifer Musisi, Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Tony Venables

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Fighting COVID-19 in cities: Perspectives from the Cities that Work council

    On 10th June 2020, the Cities that Work Council came together to discuss evidence and experience on the city-level response to COVID-19. This video shows highlights of this meeting.

    18 Jun 2020