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What is Informal Settlements

Societal Resilience and Response to Contagious Diseases and Pandemics
These are low income areas in the outskirts of Nairobi city and constitute about 70% of the population of Nairobi, they are ideally slums. Such areas include, Kibera (the largest slum in Africa), Mathare (perhaps the second largest slum), Kawangware, Mwiki, Landmawe, Marurui, Huruma, Dandora, parts of Umoja, etc.
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People's Responses to COVID-19 Containment Measures in Selected Areas in Nairobi County, Kenya: Dynamism of Nairobians in Response to COVID-19
Kenneth Wanjau (Karatina University, Kenya)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8973-1.ch014
The chapter details how various categories of people have shown resilience in responding to the devastating effects of COVID-19. It focuses on Mwiki residents in Kenya. The chapter focuses on how various youths and women developed an entrepreneurial spirit to overcome economic challenges that arose because of the government curfew. The chapter narrates various case studies of how Nairobians are resilient when faced by a pandemic. The people's response to this catastrophe and the restrictive measures continue to draw curious interest. Whereas some gave in, many others continue to soldier on in creative ways to survive.
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Transforming Urban Slums: Pathway to Functionally Intelligent Cities in Developing Countries
Settlements that are characterized by poor housing, lack of facilities, overcrowding and insecure tenancy or residential status. The living conditions are generally poor, giving rise to health issues and crime. Informal settlements are more commonly referred to as slums.
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Education, Social Capital, Physical, and Psychological Access to Healthcare Among Female Migrants in Informal Settlements in Accra City, Ghana
Places used for either habitation or revenue generating activities which were not originally formally allocated for these types of use by administrative authorities.
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Counter-Mapping Practices in Land Regularization Through Geoinformation Technologies: The ÉPURA Group Experience in Cuiabá, Brazil
Urban territories, mostly self-produced, where, to a greater or lesser degree, coexist insecurity of tenure, needs for housing and urban improvements namely basic infrastructures, implementation of services and essential public amenities.
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