Informal city: recommendations for a sustainable development of cities

Informal city: recommendations for a sustainable development of cities
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This document outlines key recommendations formulated by members of the French Alliance for Cities and Regional Development (PFVT), the platform for exchange and promotion of French expertise in urban development at the international level. These documents were prepared in the context of the World Urban Forum taking place in Abu Dhabi in February 2020 and the Africa-France Summit of June 2020.


If the informal district is not inevitable, it is often easier for decision-makers and more profitable for planners and real estate developers to create a new city instead of restructuring precarious districts.


This is how the most vulnerable populations are often excluded and condemned to survive in irregular neighbourhoods, isolated, and not served by essential quality services.

In emerging and developing countries, the problem arises all the more since constructions without permits have multiplied, making this system prevalent in the management and governance of cities and regions.


Within this framework, the anticipation and strategic planning capacities of local and national authorities are lacking and do not take sufficient account of the needs and objectives of social and economic integration of the most vulnerable.


Within this context, the recommendations proposed by the Informal City working group highlight the need to anticipate urban sprawl, develop environmentally innovative services, guarantee the participation of residents and stakeholders, and finally to empower donors with human, cultural and ecological values, to promote sustainable development of cities and regions.