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The Self-Build ExperienceInstitutionalisation, Place-Making and City Building$
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Willem Salet, Camila D'Ottaviano, Stan Majoor, and Daniel Bossuyt

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447348429

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447348429.001.0001

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Self-building in contested spaces: livelihoods and productivity challenges of the urban poor in Africa

Self-building in contested spaces: livelihoods and productivity challenges of the urban poor in Africa

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(p.57) 4 Self-building in contested spaces: livelihoods and productivity challenges of the urban poor in Africa
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The Self-Build Experience
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Nicky Pouw

Marina Humblot

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447348429.003.0004

The growth of informal settlements and lagging behind of economic productivity growth is indicative of the huge challenges of urban governance to address poverty and inequality. Based on a case study on urban food producer groups in the informal settlements of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, this chapter observes a shrinking of development spaces for the urban poor. Therefore, it argues for a more comprehensive approach to self-building by the urban poor to sustain their livelihoods in Africa’s cities and provide input into the sustenance of urban productivity. Instead of investing urban resources into economic activities that exclude and marginalize the poor, an inclusive approach would be more recognizant of their livelihoods. Strategic urban governance would address the plurality of actors, including the poor, and their livelihood potential and contributions to urban productivity and liveable cities.

Keywords:   self-building, urban poverty, informal settlement, productive livelihoods, inclusive cities

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