All answers

Question Answer Description Datasource and Evidence Comment
Is there a clear statement of the assessment and categorisation of informal settlements? Strong Evidence

The HDA has developed guidelines to assess informal settlements. The following categories are used: A: Full upgrade - consisting of full services, top-structures and formal tenure B1: Interim basic services - where/full upgradingis feasible but not imminent B2: Emergency basic services - Where full upgrading is not viable or appropriate C: Relocations - Where there are urgent health or safety threats

BEPP 2019/20 review Completed: 17% Full upgrade (A)/ Interim services (B1)/ Emergency services (B2): 69% Relocation (C): 14%
# of people living in informal settlements Strong Evidence

By multiplying the number of households with the city's average household size according to census 2011 data, we get a sense of how many people live in informal settlements

IDP 2019/20 review; community survey 2016 976 800
Annual IS growth rate Strong Evidence

The growth rate of informal settlements is calculated by comparing census 2001 and 2011 data.

IDP 2019/20 review 5%
How many houses are delivered per annum? Strong Evidence

Knowing the annual housing delivery rate will provide evidence of whether the city government can meet the needs of informal settlements through the conventional housing programme.

IDP 2019/20 review 3 500
Is there a clear indication of the extent of housing demand/ backlog? Strong Evidence

It is important to know if the city government is prioritising housing as a response to informal settlements.

IDP 2019/20 review Estimate of 300 000 households, likely more.
Has a systematic assessment and categorisation of informal settlements been carried out? Strong Evidence

HDA guidelines recommend that city governments conduct a rapid assessment and categorisation of informal settlements.

IDP/ BEPP 2019/20 review Informal Settlements database
Is the essence of the upgrading strategy upfront apparent? Strong Evidence

Every strategy should be clearly state, without ambiguity and uncertainty, what the city's strategy of upgrading informal settlements is. In this way, citizens can hold their governments to account.

IDP 2019/20 review The strategy indicates that incremental upgrading and formalisation are the focus.
# HH living in informal settlements Strong Evidence

The number of households residing in informal settlements across the entire city.

IDP 2019/20 review 296 000
# of IS (smallest unit defined) Strong Evidence

Informal settlements are differently defined by cities, and are sometimes called settlements, pockets, or clusters. The number presented here is the smallest measurable unit.

IDP 2019/20 review Approximately 200
Has a department been assigned to take responsibility for the strategy? Strong Evidence

A leading department needs to take responsibility for the strategy.

IDP 2019/20 review Department of Human Settlements
% of Provincial total Partial Evidence

This figure indicates that 41% of informal settlements in the Eastern Cape Province is located in East London.

IDP 2019/20 review; community survey 2016 46%
% of municipal population Strong Evidence

This figure represents the proportion of the city's population living in informal settlements. In other words, one in ten people live in an informal settlement.

IDP 2019/20 review; community survey 2016 17%
Does the council have an official informal settlements upgrading strategy? Strong Evidence

Every city should have an informal settlement upgrading strategy articulated in their core municipal doucmentation.

IDP 2019/20 review Sustainable Human Settlement Urbanisation Plan (2012) / Formalisation of Informal Settlements Programme
Is the city council's adopted strategy an appropriate response to the scale of informality? Partial Evidence

This indicator is a qualitative assessment by Isandla Institute when taking into account the nature of the upgrading strategy.

Qualitative assessment The strategy responds to the scale of informality. However, insufficient detail is provided.
Timeframe to eradicate backlog conventionally (years) No Evidence

This indicator seeks to understand if the city government can realistically deliver each informal settlement household a house in a reasonable (<15 years) time period

IDP 2019/20 review 86,0
Is there a clear breakdown of budgets reserved for informal settlement upgrading in the city's capital budget? Strong Evidence

City governments should clearly indicate the proportion of capital budgets, like the Urban Settlements Development Grant, is reserved for informal settlement upgrading.

MTREF Budget 2019/20 Yes budgets indicate expenditure on informal settlement upgrading.
Is the rapid assessment and categorisation an appropriate response to the nature and extent of informality? Partial Evidence

Determining the appropriateness of the city government's assessment and categorisation is a qualitative appraisal by Isandla Institute

BEPP 2019/20 review The metro acknowledges that relocation should a means of last resort, and thus has begun to focus on in-situ upgrades. These actions are however insufficent to keep up with or counter the proliferation of informal settlements due to increasing in-migration and a growing housing backlog.
What percentage of municipal capital budget is reserved for upgrading informal settlements? No Evidence

City governments should clearly indicate the proportion of capital budgets, like the Urban Settlements Development Grant, is reserved for informal settlement upgrading.

IDP 2019/2020 Review R365 million (6%)
Does the budget align with the municipal targets for upgrading informal settlements? No Evidence

There should be a clear alignment between the strategy and the budgets allocated to implement that strategy.

IDP 2019/2020 review; BEPP 2019/2020; MTREF 2019/2020 Review Budget allocation does not adequately the severity of the upgrading need.

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Reviewer   Isandla Institute
Submitters   Isandla Institute
Last modified   Tue Jul 21 2020 18:13:06 GMT+0000 (UTC)