Harare Slum Upgrading Project
This is a 5-year project focusing on the upgrading of informal settlements. The project is being jointly implemented by Dialogue on Shelter, Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation and City of Harare and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the tune of US$5million. The Harare Slum Upgrading Project is part of the Global Programme for Inclusive Municipal Governance (GPIMG) which also includes other cities like Luanda in Angola, Monrovia in Liberia, Cairo in Egypt, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Lilongwe in Malawi. Under the Harare project, the alliance of Dialogue on Shelter and the Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation will spearhead data collection processes in the form of profiles, household enumerations and mapping of informal settlements in an around Harare. The rationale for this exercise is to document these informal settlements and link the data relating to these areas with City’s cadastral maps and development plans. A total of 37 slum settlements were profiled and mapped in year one while in year two, 31 slums were profiled. After the data collection, the Harare project, will implement a housing densification pilot in Dzivarasekwa Extension which will accommodate 16 families and provide infrastructural services for 480 families from the settlement. Dzivarasekwa Extension families were involved in developing three architectural designs through community consultations and exchange visits to areas where housing units have been constructed using a similar densification concept. The actual superstructure construction and infrastructure installation will be conducted by the community whilst the City of Harare and Dialogue on Shelter will provide the technical support. Besides developing housing, the pilot also undertook a process of identifying and documenting current challenges relating to housing delivery faced by the poor. This exercise has assisted the Harare partners together with other stakeholders to reflect and revisit the systems, practices and regulations that hinder the delivery of low-income housing at a scale that addresses the existing delivery gap. Consequently, a report on the review of housing regulations was compiled and adopted by Harare Council and this should provide the basis for institutionalizing the recommendations.
February 18, 2020