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Urban livelihoods in Freetown’s Informal Settlements
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    Koroma B, Rigon A, Walker J, Sellu A
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    Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre
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    Freetown (Sierra Leone)
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In Sierra Leone, there is a dearth of information on urban livelihoods, and in particular on livelihoods in informal settlements. The Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC) has studied urban livelihoods in four informal settlements—Cockle Bay, Dwarzarck, Moyiba and Portee/Rokupa—across Freetown to address this critical knowledge gap. This research focuses on a number of typical livelihood sectors in which informal settlement residents participate to enhance the understanding of livelihood strategies that women and men in informal settlements employ. It aims to inform policy interventions that build the capabilities, and respond to the needs and priorities, of informal settlement dwellers, and to assist them and other urban actors to develop appropriate, effective and practical interventions to strengthen the livelihoods of the informal settlements residents and the performance of the city economy. Specifically, the research will: • Generate a better understanding of some key livelihood systems in Freetown’s informal settlements; • Investigate and document the importance of different livelihoods for the wellbeing of women and men and for the city of Freetown more generally; • Produce knowledge to inform livelihood strategy development and help stakeholders to strategize on how best to support urban livelihoods activities, particularly of informal settlement residents, including policy recommendations.
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