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: 2020/2021

2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020 2020/2021
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Does the budget align with the municipal targets for upgrading informal settlements?
What percentage of municipal capital budget is reserved for upgrading informal settlements?
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?
Is there a clear statement of the assessment and categorisation of informal settlements?
Has a systematic assessment and categorisation of informal settlements been carried out?
Does the council have an official informal settlements upgrading strategy?
Has a department been assigned to take responsibility for the strategy?
Is the essence of the upgrading strategy upfront apparent?
Is the city council's adopted strategy appropriate response to the scale of informality?
How many houses are delivered per annum?
Timeframe to eradicate backlog conventionally (years)
Is there a clear indication of the extent of housing demand/ backlog?
# of IS (smallest unit defined)
# of people living in informal settlements
Annual IS growth rate
% of municipal population
% of Provincial total
# HH living in informal settlements
Progress