Slum Upgrading Legal Assessment Tool
The Slum Upgrading Legal Assessment Tool is a diagnostic self-assessment legal tool to identify, in a structured, objective, and systematic way, the strengths and weaknesses of the regulatory framework made up of all legislation and regulations enacted at different levels and in force in a country. It is designed to be used either alone or, ideally, in the context of a broader law reform method that begins with issue identification and legal mapping and moves all the way through to recommendations for reform. It is a useful tool to guide the process to agree on actions that are needed to address the identified gaps. The assessment tool uses an indicative approach, relying on a limited number of indicators in each of its five thematic areas: land, planning, basic services, housing, and financing. While it produces what appear to be quantitative outputs, these are built on a primarily qualitative analysis that is designed as a framework to catalyse discussion in a national or local context and not as a means of ranking.