Can slums be transformed into sustainable settlements, financed by land value increase? That is the question we are exploring in this project, inspired by a method developed by UN-Habitat.
The rapid urban growth in Sub-Saharan Africa results in both slum settlements and higher land prices. This project builds dialogue between authorities, land owners and slum dwellers aimed at formalizing the slums and channel income from land sale into new homes for the slum dwellers. The end goal is to reduce urban poverty by providing the poorest part of the citizens with better homes, basic land rights and public infrastructure investments. The project is a pilot phase intended to provide learning with the PILaR method (Participatory, Inclusive Land Readjustment) – developed by UN-HABITAT.
- To reduce poverty by improving housing conditions in the slums.
- To examine if construction of better homes in the slums can be wholly or partially financed by capitalization of increasing land value.
- To establish cooperative ownership of the new homes and increase resident’s capacity to collectively administer their homes and resident’s rights.
The architecture is based on locally developed low-cost techniques, reducing the use of cement in favour of locally produced building materials. The project aims at creating local jobs and upgrade skills during the construction phase.
The project is still in its preparatory phase. Design and construction information will be shared on this page later.
- Pilot project: 2018-20
- Full scale project: 2020-2023
Please contact Anton Ryslinge at: firstname.lastname@example.org