Chapter 3 Quick facts

  1. Over the last 20 years, housing has not been central to national and international development agendas.
  2. The housing policies put in place through the enabling approach have failed to promote adequate and affordable housing.
  3. Most involvement by governments has focused on helping the middle class to achieve home-ownership in a formal sector that only they can afford.
  4. The slum challenge continues to be one of the faces of poverty in cities in developing countries. The proportion of slum dwellers in urban areas across all developing regions has reduced since 1990, but the numbers have increased gradually