Informal Settlements: A Perpetual Challenge?

Informal Settlements: A Perpetual Challenge?

By: Marie Huchzermeyer (editor), Aly Karam (editor)Hardback

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Addressing the housing problem has been one of the key concerns in post-apartheid South Africa. The upgrading of informal settlements comes as a new addition in the revised housing policy, at a time when international bodies have prioritised the improvement of the lives of slum dwellers. This book deals with policy and national programmes, contextual challenges, the market and security of tenure, and city-level experiences.

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Marie Huchzermeyer is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she coordinates the postgraduate Housing Programme. She is the co-author of Informal Settlements: A Perpetual Challenge? (UCT Press, 2006).


Policy and national programmes: Policy, data and civil society - reflections on South African challenges through an international review; the new instrument for upgrading informal settlements in South Africa - contributions and constraints; principles, bases and challenges of the National Programme to Support Sustainable Urban Land Regularisation in Brazil; informal settlements - infernal and eternal? The role of research in policy advocacy and urban informal settlements in Angola. Contextual challenges: Understanding the complexities of informal settlements - insights from Cape Town; clash of civilisations - reflections on the problems of upgrading informal settlements in Ethiopia, Kenya, Swaziland and Zambia; an HIV and Aids lens for informal settlement policy and practice in South Africa. The market and security of tenure: Barking dogs and building bridges - a contribution to making sense of Hernando de Soto's ideas in the South African context; forced evictions, development and the need for community-based, locally appropriate alternatives: Lessons and challenges from South Africa, Ghana and Thailand; market-driven evictions and displacements: Implications for the perpetuation of informal settlements in developing cities. City-level experiences: Informal settlement upgrading in Cape Town - Challenges, constraints and contradictions within local government; local governance and social conflict - implications for piloting South Africa's new housing plan in Cape Town's informal settlements; the local government challenge of healthy development in informal settlements especially in a time of HIV/Aids; slum upgrading in the complex context of policy change - the case of Nairobi.

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/01/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781919713946
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781919713946
  • weight: 570
  • ISBN10: 1919713948

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