Light Leadership Initiative

1690 Words Feb 2nd, 2018 7 Pages
It highlighted that in 2005 only 6% of the urban population in Europe and other developed regions lived in informal settlements, compared to an astounding 41% of the urban population in developing regions. Furthermore the report projected that within the next 30 years the number of people living in informal settlements would reach nearly 2 billion if no affirmative action is taken. With these figures being on the increase Millennium Development Goal 7 target 11 sets out to ameliorate the lives of at least 100 million people living in slums by 2025 (UN, 2000). Consequently this has placed emphasis on the need to focus on the issues associated with urbanisation and the forming of informal settlements as part of the global development agenda. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ( 2001) defines informal settlements as:

“1. areas where groups of housing units have been constructed on land that the occupants have no legal claim to, or occupy illegally;
2. unplanned settlements and areas where housing is not in compliance with current planning and building regulations (unauthorized housing).”

It is known that the main reasons for migration from rural to urban areas is primarily for economic reasons and access to better services.…
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