Informal Settlements & Housing
Africa is undergoing a wave of rapid urbanisation, and contextually appropriate solutions are required to meet these new demands. Informal settlement upgrading and incremental housing and shelter solutions remain key objectives for progressive cities, and is reflected as a top priority in South Africa' National Housing Code. We have experience in informal settlement upgrading planning, funding, and implementation. One of our specialty areas is the complex policy, planning and implementation dynamics of informal settlement upgrading projects, from community engagement and pre-planning to housing consolidation.
Walter co-authored the report on a decade in review of partnerships between informal settlement networks and local governments for in-situ upgrading.
Stakeholder engagement, facilitation, and 8-10 position statements.
Conserve and manage 250ha of riperian forest in Mbombela.
Run 4x Talking Streets events.
Conceptualisation, design, research and wording of Planning for Informality
Production of a 30,000 word Guide for officials on participatory informal settlement upgrading.
Support the production of 10 analytical reports of enumeration data on close to 100,000 informal households.
Curate and faciliate a 5 day training course for 50 non-metro officials
Design and research of a departmental strategy including training programme and sector capacity building.
- Appraisal and categorisation of settlements based on service standards, land tenure, and suitability for development
- Programme design to support livelihoods and the informal economy
- Drafting and submission of UISP business plans (South African context)
- Local and international best practice to inform decision making