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How are Upgrades to Informal Settlements Financed in South Africa’s Metropolitan Municipalities?

How are Upgrades to Informal Settlements Financed in South Africa’s Metropolitan Municipalities?

March 2017 | by Carlene Van der Westhuizen, IBP South Africa

upgrades to informal settlements in south africaFinancing the upgrading of informal settlements in South Africa is complex. However, understanding how this process works is very important because it enables civil society and local residents to engage with all three levels of government on the funding of informal settlement upgrading. Armed with this knowledge, civil society can engage the national government on whether enough money has been set aside for informal settlement upgrading and engage with metropolitan municipalities on whether they have used funding appropriately.

This brief draws on a review of relevant policy and budget documents as well as interviews with experts to present information about the financing of informal settlement upgrading in metropolitan municipalities in South Africa.

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