RECLAIMING HOUSING AS A UNIVERSAL RIGHT
A slum is defined as a heavily populated urban area characterized by substandard housing. This term is interchangeable with the term informal settlement. In Kenya, it is estimated that more than 34% of the total population live in urban areas. An estimated 71% of the urban population live in slums.
In 2012 the Government through the Ministry of Housing initiated the process of coming up with the National Slum Upgrading and Prevention Policy (NSUPP). The Constitution of Kenya, Article 43 provides the right to accessible and adequate housing. Article 21 requires the Government to take appropriate policy and legislative measures to ensure this right is reserved.
Below are some of the objectives of the policy:
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Article by Linda Ikenye