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Informal Settlements Peer Exchange

By 2030 the number of slum dwellers is projected to increase to 2 million and will continue to expand, even in fast growing developing economies. Planning practitioners all over the world have accepted that they are the physical manifestation of growing urban poverty, and have over the last decade become much more proactive in ensuring that their cities’  infrastructure, basic municipal and social services are adequate to respond to this "urbanisation of poverty".

MILE in partnership with Imagine Durban and the Sustainable Cities International Network (SCI), will be a hosting a three day peer exchange that will engage practitioners working in the fields of planning and urban design, housing, solid waste management and small business support to ask the question: “What can we as local government practitioners do to improve the quality of life of informal settlement / unplanned settlement dwellers?” 

This first exciting peer exchange for 2011 forms part of the SCI – Africa Programme that has been operating since 2006 in the three African cities of Dakar, Dar es Salaam and Durban. One of the key elements of this programme is the facilitation of peer exchanges between the three cities.

The event which will take place from February 21-23 in Durban has attracted considerable attention, and arrangements are being finalised to secure the participation of colleagues from Porto Allegre, Brazil to learn from their experiences.

If you would like to attend a particular session, or the entire event, please RSVP by emailing Amanda Botes on: DrayA@durban.gov.za. Please note that RSVPs are required for catering purposes and limited seats are available.
For further information on the outcomes of the event, please download the peer exchange programme below:

peer exchange programme-Feb 2011.pdfpeer exchange programme-Feb 2011

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