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Resilient infrastructure in resource constrained settings in slums
An estimated 828 million people live in slums representing one-third of the world’s urban population (World Health Organisation). More than 90% of those slum habitats are located in developing countries. With urbanisation and high population growth rates the slum population is likely to double over the next decade. In future cities in developing countries slums will be the dominant setting where residents live in sub-standard housing stock with limited or no access to clean water, sanitation and energy provision. In addition, slum dwellers have limited access to finance, insecurity of land title and higher vulnerability to environmental hazards and disasters. Although there have been many efforts to support slum dwellers to attain livelihood security, improve their living conditions and protect them against shocks, very little attention has been given to localised engineering interventions, particularly provision of local infrastructure, which can build the resilience of slum dwellers thereby improving their living conditions. Localised infrastructure interventions such as the provision of household water, sanitation, energy with improved access to roads, improved solid waste management and improve flood management can substantially reduce vulnerability for slum dwellers and enhance their productivity and well- being. Currently local governments focus on large scale investments in infrastructure in cities and by-pass slum level infrastructure and charities focus on community engagement but not the actual provision and delivery of infrastructure services. This research will investigate how localised infrastructure can be resilient for resource constrained settings such as slums
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  • The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction
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