The Challenges

Informal Settlements in Namibia.

Close to 50% of Namibia’s urban population are living in shacks, mainly due to lack of affordable land and housing. Half of all shack residents have no access to decent sanitation facilities and therefore practice open defecation. Every year, an estimated additional 12,000 shacks are being erected in towns across the country.

Rapidly expanding informal settlements pose a series of challenges: it is difficult (and often impossible) to lay water and sewer lines or provide access roads. Residents do not have title deeds for the land they are living on and therefore are not allowed to build homes with bricks and mortar.

During 2017, DWN implemented a study and published a book on informal settlement growth (click here to download a pdf version), assessing the main causes of continued informal settlement growth and providing the basis of the current DWN programmes.