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.

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Service Offerings

  • 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