Our areas of activity
- North Africa and the Middle East
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Europe and Central Asia
- Latin American and the Caribbean
North Africa and the Middle East
Groupe Huit was founded in North Africa in 1967, specifically in Tunisia. The group developed the Gasfa Urban Development Plan, along with an Urban Structure Study for Tunisia and master plans for cities and governorates. Since the 1980s, Groupe Huit’s consultants have undertaken numerous projects in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, essentially all on behalf of the World Bank. Since the early 2000s, Groupe Huit has also been present in the Middle East and is extending its activities there. A notable recent project in this zone is one conducted for the European Investment Bank in Morocco in the as part of a Technical Assistance Project for the Al Omrane holding company.
Since 1977, Groupe Huit has conducted most of its first international projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The group took part in the first urban development projects ever to be financed by the World Bank in Mali, Madagascar, Djibouti, and other countries.
Groupe Huit continuously participates in projects on the continent, in area such as street addressing, the restricting of market and commercial facilities, urban master plans, support programs for decentralisation, or in the rehabilitation of precarious settlements.
Innovation is at heart of Groupe Huit’s approach, which is inventing new digital tools in the fields of addressing and strategic planning.
In the 1980s, Groupe Huit expanded its area of operations to a larger number of countries, notably in Asia, with its first projects in China (the Shanghai Master Plan, Multi-city projects in Zheijiang, and the Anhui and Shandong Urban and Environmental Project).
Since then, Groupe Huit has strengthened its presence on the continent, involving itself in a number of important projects: for example, in Siem-Angkor, Cambodia (1994), and in Laos and in Vietnam (since the early 2000s), mostly on behalf of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the French Development Agency (AFD).
Groupe Huit has taken part in more than 25 projects in Asia.
Europe and Central Asia
Groupe Huit has taken on projects in Europe, notably in France, since the early 1990s. Much of the group’s work has been conducted on behalf of DATAR and the Ministry of Interior and Land Planning, primarily in the development of urban structure studies.
Groupe Huit has also taken part in projects in Caucasia and Central Asia over the past ten years. It recently created Urban Development Strategies for the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara in Uzbekistan at the bequest of the World Bank.
Latin American and the Caribbean
Groupe Huit has been involved in projects in Latin America and in the Caribbean since the late 1970s, having conducted the first urban project financed by the World Bank in the region (in Haiti). Since the early 2000s, Groupe Huit has reinforced its presence in this region, taking part in various development and urban planning projects in Haiti and in Brazil on behalf of international institutions (e.g. the World Bank, the French Development Agency, etc.). Since 2011, it has diversified the type of projects it conducts in Latin America: leading, for instance, a study for Institutional and Governance Strengthening in metropolitan areas in the region (AFD/CAF).