The Transition in Housing and Informal Settlements

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

This chapter further explores one of the greatest challenges in the regions associated with the lack of affordable housing in the market-based housing system. It explores several important themes—factors influencing informal housing growth and settlement formation, diverse patterns of informal settlement development and correspondingly diverse policy solutions to deal with the problems. It emphasizes the need for strategic policy approaches to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of informal housing in the region. The argument developed here is that it is important to go beyond orthodox planning and land title/registration solutions in order to improve the housing conditions of the urban poor. Their situation is aggravated by systemic problems in the market-based housing provision systems exacerbating housing inequalities and resulting in informal housing.


Informal Settlement Affordable Housing Urban Poor Formal Housing Squat Settlement 


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© Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 2009

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