Lack of Security of Tenure in People’s Settlements (Slums)
September 22, 2010 Leave a comment
Informal settlements are blighted by a lack of durable housing, insufficient living space, a lack of clean water, and inadequate sanitation. Residents in such settlements often lack security of tenure, which makes them vulnerable to forced evictions, threats and other forms of harassment. The effects of forced evictions are often disastrous, leaving them homeless and forcing them deeper into poverty.
Many people living in informal settlements have been subject to continual harassment by authorities in their endeavors to provide themselves with appropriate and affordable housing. The unsatisfactory tenure of the majority of the urban poor has all along been recognized as a limiting factor to access to other opportunities including credit, public services and livelihood.