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Informal Settlement Upgrading


Oral reports can be a little bit terrifying...
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But I got this. I am prepared. This week in Global Housing I am teaching the class about Informal Settlement Upgrading in South Africa. I am looking particularly at the Ruimsig settlement outside of Johannesburg. Before the process of informal settlement upgrading, these homes experienced flooding anytime it rained. But through the process of re-blocking, an un-invasive way of slum redevelopment, the iKhayalami not-for-profit organization, South African Alliance, Informal Settlement Network, and the community of Ruimsig addressed issues of flooding and overcrowding. Feel free to check it out for yourself at and watch the video!


Stay sharp :)
Karly, Housing B.S.


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