Pippa Scott – Sanitation and Security of Tenure


Event Date 22 – 23 May 2012
Royal Holloway University of London
11 Bedford Sq
London WC1E 6DP

The Department of Geography at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Speculating on Slums



This two day workshop in May 2012 in Bedford Square, London will examine the role played by global financial investments in land markets and globalised networks of capital in slums of developing countries. It questions some of the underlying assumptions through which informal housing in the global South has been understood, gives insights into new emerging forms of marginality, highlights contradictory, complex tensions that emerge for donors, governments, and NGOs in relation to the urban poor. The workshop draws together interdisciplinary intellectual debates, key conceptual, political and policy lessons which will enable a new research agenda for work in informal housing in the global South. Leading academic scholars working on informal housing issues and NGO practitioners will be the main selective participants in the workshop.

Pippa Scott (Consultant) – Sanitation and Security of Tenure

This paper questions some of the assumptions of conventional urban upgrading with respect to sanitation and the relevance of security of tenure to urban sanitation strategy.

For sanitation, urban planning and upgrading discourse is often biased towards physically networked sanitation systems that reflect the institutional legacy of sanitation being twinned with water. Furthermore the fundamental differences in characteristics between sanitation and other basic services are often overlooked. In sanitation discourse, marketing approaches of sanitation marketing have been widely promoted in the urban context to improve sanitation coverage. Sanitation marketing however is based upon a fundamental assumption that improved marketing of sanitation options will lead to household investment in the target population. The reality is that the will and ability for slum dwellers to improve their infrastructure is varied.

This paper, based on field work conducted in Dakar Senegal will shed light on when and where urban sanitation and security of tenure are linked and where it is de jure or de facto tenure rights that provide the necessary pre-condition for urban sanitation improvements.





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