1 - The development process

From Incremental Settlement
Jump to: navigation, search


Incremental settlement is an initiative of Afesis-corplan

MLS Contents

Module 1 - the development process - provides an overview of the whole incremental settlement approach highlighting the various phases you need to follow to move from being landless and homeless to having a basic level of tenure security and services to fully subsidised housing and developed neighbourhood over time.

The incremental settlement development process is divided into the following 5 phases:

You will be taken through the details of each of these phases in subsequent modules.

Decision questions: After working through this section you should be able to make decisions on:


Exercise 1: video and comic

Watch the short video on MLS found here and read the comic on MLS found here (still to come)

Do you think the Managed land settlement process as shown in the video is something you would be interested in following? Why do you say that?

There are no suggested responses as these are your views.

Exercise 2: Process flow chart

Assuming you need to move onto a new piece of land, put the following activities into a logical order that will get you into a house:

See the suggested responses section to compare your list to the suggested list.

Exercise 3: Upgrading

How would you shift the order of the steps in the previous exercise if you wanted to show how an upgrading of informal settlement process would work?

See the suggested responses section to compare your list to the suggested list.

Exercise 4: Comparison

Assume that there was another community similar to the community that Pamela came from that also needed houses. This community decided not to follow the incremental settlement process but to rather accept an offer from government that 20% of the members would get a house now and that the remainder would have to wait in the informal settlement for a number of years until government would be able to build more RDP houses for the remainder of those that need houses.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of either 1) accepting the RDP houses or 2) following the incremental settlement process like Pamela and her friends?

See the suggested responses section to compare your response to those suggested.


Assignment 1: Identify role-players

Find out who is involved in development of low income housing in your area and get contact details of you can talk to in these organisations.

Use the attached checklist to give you an idea of who to approach.

Assignment 2: Get views on MLS

Choose 2 or three of these organisations/ people, and meet with them. Explain to them what incremental settlement is all about. Find out from them if they think that the MLS approach will work. If they don’t know about MLS explain it to them. Get their advice on what they suggest you should do to get land and housing. It is likely that they will talk to you about conventional RDP type housing projects. Ask them how many houses they have been involved in developing over the last few years and compare this to the demand for housing in the area. Consider how long you may have to wait for an RDP house if you had to wait for government to build one for you.

Next module

Click here to go to the next module, Module 2 - Bulk.

Pamela's story

Personal tools
Incremental Settlement
Wiki Navigation