Costs associated with accessing legal shelter for low-income groups in new urban developments.
As commercial demand for use of urban land grows, and as cities invest in major transportation and infrastructure development, resettlement of those living in informal settlements becomes an increasingly important challenge for municipalities and organisations of the urban poor. The development of new residential schemes presents a complex costing scenario requiring an understanding of the financial mechanisms that can be used for development, as well as the investment made by the poor themselves in the form of assets that have not conventionally been included in project cost calculations.
This paper, available from http://www.theinclusivecity.org, seeks to explore some of the issues involved in the hope that researchers will benefit from a broader perspective on the costing issues involved. An Appendix provides a checklist of questions that the author recommends researchers to consider.