Isandla Institute has joined voices with a group of CSOs from across the country to contest the de-densification of informal settlements as the central thrust of the human settlements response to COVID-19. Rather, we propose the release of well-located land, accelerated incremental in-situ informal settlement upgrading, and strong social cohesion among other short-, medium- and long-term responses.
You can read about our joint submission here: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-04-20-de-densification-of-informal-settlements-as-a-crisis-response-is-bad-short-term-thinking-14-civil-society-groups/
Please download the full submission below.
We remain committed to social justice, equitable development and community agency during this critical moment. This submission is offered in the spirit of constructive engagement, in the hope that it will inform a thoughtful, broad-based national conversation about what constitutes an appropriate human settlements response to COVID-19.