Towards Sustainable Informal Settlements: A Toolkit for Community-Led Upgrading in Durban, South Africa

Georgiadou, Maria Christina, Loggia, Claudia, Bisaga, Iwona and Parikh, Priti 2021. Towards Sustainable Informal Settlements: A Toolkit for Community-Led Upgrading in Durban, South Africa. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability. 174 (2), pp. 83-93. https://doi.org/10.1680/jensu.20.00040

TitleTowards Sustainable Informal Settlements: A Toolkit for Community-Led Upgrading in Durban, South Africa
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGeorgiadou, Maria Christina, Loggia, Claudia, Bisaga, Iwona and Parikh, Priti
Abstract

Across sub-Saharan Africa, 238 million people live in slums or informal settlements. Because of rapid urbanisation and population growth, informal settlements have become a major challenge in the urban landscape, exacerbating issues related to poverty, inadequate infrastructure, housing and poor living conditions. As part of a collaborative interdisciplinary project ISULABANTU, this paper provides an overview of toolkits focused on informal settlement upgrading (ISU) in South Africa and presents the process of an integrated toolkit development for sustainable human settlements in Durban, which was informed by participatory action research and co-production strategies. A toolkit can be a valuable and effective way of engaging communities in the process of ISU and for community members to take full ownership of the process, designing strategies that best respond to their needs. The review of existing toolkits has revealed several critical gaps related to community-led practices, integrated approaches to housing and environmental management, and gender. The integrated ISULABANTU toolkit aims to fill these gaps and complement the existing resources. It provides a framework for action research, active involvement of and partnership building with local communities in upgrading practices required to achieve sustainable human settlements.

KeywordsCivil and Structural Engineering
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability
Journal citation174 (2), pp. 83-93
ISSN1478-4629
1751-7680
Year2021
PublisherThomas Telford Ltd.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1680/jensu.20.00040
Publication dates
Published online07 Sep 2020
Published in print01 Apr 2021
Page range1-9

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