Squatting cannot be used to secure land tenure, says PM

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Date: 2 March 2017

Source: Jamaica Observer

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says informal settlements or squatting cannot be used as a means for securing land tenure in Jamaica.

He added that it is the orderly settlement of land which is led by the Government that will ensure Jamaicans own land.

Leave no one behind: what is the role of community-led urban development?

Journal Articles & Books
May 2016

By 2050, two-thirds of people worldwide will live in urban areas. Many city dwellers in the global South live in informal settlements, without access to basic services. The global Sustainable Development Goals seek to redress this inequity with an overarching aim to ‘leave no one behind’. This paper examines what organised low-income community networks are already doing to ensure no one is ‘left behind’ in urban development.

'Help us upgrade, don't evict us': Sierra Leone's slum dwellers battle for their homes

By: Kieran Guilbert
Date: November 1st 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

FREETOWN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When floods struck several slums across Sierra Leone's capital last year, 55-year-old Amienata Bangura was forced to flee as her small shop, stock and years of savings were wiped out.

Revisit Jamaica’s ‘antiquated’ land ownership laws, Opposition urges

Date: October 24th 2016
Source: Jaimaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition spokesperson on land, Senator Sophia Frazer Binns, says the contentious informal settlement at 85 Red Hills Road in St Andrew is another reason to place the issue of land tenure, ownership and rectification on the agenda for discussion once again.

Indonesian slum dwellers challenge eviction law in landmark case

By: Beh Lih Yi
Date: September 30th 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Slum dwellers in Indonesia have launched a landmark legal case to challenge a decades-old law which has been used to forcibly remove thousands of families, amid a wave of evictions in the country's capital.

Ahead of the peace vote, Colombia's displaced slum dwellers dream of home

By: Anastasia Moloney
Date: September 27th 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

ALTOS DE FLORIDA, Colombia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The ramshackle community of Altos de Florida and others slums dotted across the windswept hills on the outskirts of Bogota stretch to the horizon.

Here, hundreds of thousands of Colombians, who fled their homes to escape a five-decade war, live in mostly informal settlements struggling to scrape a living.

In Getting Rich, Myanmar Must Not Forget Its Poor

By: Hanna Hindstrom
Date: September 2nd 2016
Source: the Diplomat

Economic development must not come at the expense of those less fortunate.

When U Mya Hlaing came home three years ago he found an eviction notice plastered to his front door. It accused him of being a squatter on his own farmland and told him to pack his bags within two weeks or face thirty days in prison. His village would be destroyed to make way for a multi-billion dollar industrial project.

India: Distribution of ownership rights to slum dwellers from Oct 2: Rawat

By: Darshan Kunwar|
Date: August 20th 2016
Source: The Times of India

DEHRADUN: Three weeks after the state government issued an order granting ownership rights to 2,500 families living in 123 slums and low-lying localities, chief minister Harish Rawat on Saturday said that the process to regularize their land will begin from October 2.

Location and Welfare in Cities: Impacts of Policy Interventions on the Urban Poor

June 2013

Informal settlements are an integral
part of the urban landscape in developing countries. These
settlements are widely distributed within cities, including
central business centers and peripheral areas with
environment hazards. In most cases, residents of these
settlements do not have access to basic public services and
amenities. In this paper, the authors examine the impact of
interventions, such as upgrading basic services and