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Looking behind the Fašade:
How People Manage in Squatter Settlements

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Down the lane

  1. Political parties' presence is a constant in squatter settlements (represented here by a political party's flag), where community services are 'bought' by residents from politicians, in return for votes!

  2. Electricity and street lighting provide a sense of security for residents. Many have individual connections, or are 'sold' electricity by a person with formal link to the city's supply.

  3. Covered drains, even if imperfect, exist in squatter settlements. These at least reduce the risk of disease and flooding.

  4. Community tap water - individual connections to water supply may be difficult to come by, but access to at least community water supply exists in many places, easing the problem considerably.


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