Sunday, March 20, 2005

Licensing 400,000 squatter homes

This report from Tanzania's Guardian newspaper notes a wonderful and novel approach to widespread squatting: the government "plans to upgrade squatter areas whose occupiers would be mainstreamed and granted right of occupancy and certificates of title." All told, some 400,000 families would gain legal status. One further question: more than 2 million of the 3 million residents of Dar es Salaam are squatters. Will this new government initiative also legalize them?

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