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Key Messages for Participatory City-Wide Slum Upgrading: The Informal Economy for local economic development
Many slum dwellers are engaged in economic and livelihood activities that sustain families and contribute to the broader urban economy.
Participatory city-wide slum upgrading is an approach that:
1) Improves all stakeholders understanding of slum dwellers’ contribution to local and city-wide economies and,
2) Harnesses the assets of that activity to strengthen economic activity.
Harnessing and integrating the informal economy into the broader urban context, is thus a quality of life and sustainability win-win for all.