The Data Index presents our analysis of eight cities’ strategies and plans to improve informal settlements and backyards.

ISU Strategy

Aims to create a coordinated approach to informal settlement upgrading in order to gradually implement strategic upgrading programmes, which promote security of tenure and improve living conditions through the access to well-located land, adequate shelter, and services.


  • Nature and extent of informal settlements
  • Council adopted ISU Strategy
  • Housing and upgrading targets
  • Alignment with municipal budgets
  • Rapid assessment and categorisation of informal settlements completed
Evidence of
Partial evidence of
No evidence of

Viewing results for: 2019

2017 2018 2019
bcm cct emm CoJ tsh eth mmm nmb
# HH living in informal settlements
# of people living in informal settlements
Annual IS growth rate
# of IS (smallest unit defined)
Has a department been assigned to take responsibility for the strategy?
% of Provincial total
% of municipal population
Does the council have an official informal settlements upgrading strategy?
Is the city council's adopted strategy an appropriate response to the scale of informality?
Timeframe to eradicate backlog conventionally (years)
Is there a clear breakdown of budgets reserved for informal settlement upgrading in the city's capital budget?
Is the rapid assessment and categorisation an appropriate response to the nature and extent of informality?
What percentage of municipal capital budget is reserved for upgrading informal settlements?
Does the budget align with the municipal targets for upgrading informal settlements?
How many houses are delivered per annum?
Is there a clear indication of the extent of housing demand/ backlog?
Has a systematic assessment and categorisation of informal settlements been carried out?
Is the essence of the upgrading strategy upfront apparent?
Is there a clear statement of the assessment and categorisation of informal settlements?
Progress