The case study of Villa Tranquila (VT) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, shows
the power of a slum upgrading process centred on a local policy of
social inclusion. The intervention was characterised by an integral
approach: urban problems were addressed by a participative-collaborative
management structure between the local government and VT residents, and
rather than only focusing on infrastructure like roads and housing,
social issues were also addressed. This case offers an interesting model
for achieving social cohesion, community appropriation and
sustainability in slum upgrading, one that could be applied in other
regions as well.
•Implementing slum upgrading from a perspective of social inclusion
helps to improve not only the basic living conditions of residents but
also increases social integration and trust, and facilities new
partnerships, both within and with surrounding neighbourhoods.
•Leveraging municipal, provincial and national programmes, all within
the slum upgrading project, was a cost-effective way to address
residents’ cross-cutting needs.
•The creation of neighbourhood committees to promote and organise
community participation in the project enabled its collaborative
del Valle, J. ELLA Policy Brief: Urban Upgrading With Social Inclusion: The Case of Villa Tranquila. (2011) 4 pp.