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Title: CHARACTERISTICS OF RIVERBANK INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS IN ADDIS ABABA
Authors: Berhanu Mekonnen
Advisors: Wubshet Berhanu (Dr.Ing)
Copyright: 2007
Date Added: 20-Oct-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: This paper is to fulfill partial requirement of master degree at Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Graduate studies in Urban Design and Planning, Addis Ababa University Faculty of Technology. The research has been focused on the riverbank informal settlement at Great Akaki Riverbank. The primary aim has been to get understanding why people are attracted to settle informally on riverbank area, and assess the level of environmental degradation caused by different elements. Thorough study has been made how to bring inhabitants to the forefront of current dynamic city development and keep the natural environment. Lessons have been drawn for improvement of the formal process and future integrated housing development. The assessment and the findings may contribute to the understanding of why people get attracted and are forced to live and work in such peculiar areas, and show the physical and environmental conditions of riverbank areas, as well as give a clue for the current informal land transaction. The conclusion indicates that this secluded part of the society should not be neglected; instead they have to be integrated to the present urban housing development as per the international arena enabling approach “home for the homeless”. This paper enables to understand the magnitude of urban poverty and housing shortage in the city, beyond that it provides preliminary guidelines for systematic way of tackling livelihood, housing shortage and combat environment pollution. We human being wanted to live and work in an appealing atmosphere legally and respectfully. Nevertheless, in developing country due to innumerable reasons most of the time things are going out of the track. Especially from few years on ward since the level of poverty reached at the climax level massive influx of people in need of shelter unwillingly were forced to live in uncontrolled government land. It is important to know that no one would like to live under illegal circumstances and bad houses unless some restrictive conditions does not allow him to live. It is any one informal riverbank settler’s prospect one day they may be recognized by the city administration and considered as city inhabitants. The government should entertain informal settlers and create conducive environment to avoid informality from the grass root level.
Description: Master’s Program Thesis Addis Ababa University Faculty of Technology Department of Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Studies in Urban Design and Planning
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1522
Appears in:Thesis - Urban Design & Development

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