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Self-made cities

In search of sustainable solutions for informal settlements in the united nations economic commission for europe region

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Informal settlements are often characterized as “illegal” residential formations lacking basic infrastructure, security of tenure and adequate housing. This book describes how more than 50 million people in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region have come to live in informal settlements and examines the main characteristics of the phenomenon. It also provides policy recommendations based on case studies and initiatives implemented in the region, with varying degrees of success. It concludes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution, as informal settlements are the product of complex socio-political processes that differ significantly from country to country and from region to region.

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Executive summary

The purpose of this study is to provide a general overview of the phenomenon of informal settlements in the UNECE region, to identify policy responses to address these challenges and to highlight results achieved. Emphasis is given to practices that can facilitate access to affordable land and housing and improve the livelihoods of residents in informal settlements, and in general to strategies that can better the physical, social, economic and environmental situation of informal settlements.

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