The production of slums: Old Fadama as an alternative space of urban dwelling

Esther Yeboah Danso-Wiredu, Jens Kaae Fisker, Lee Pugalis

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Combating urban poverty has been a key priority of the United Nations (UN) for decades; a commitment recently affirmed by the Quito Declaration on a new urban agenda which was adopted as a UN resolution in December 2016. The resolution identifies “the persistence of multiple forms of poverty, growing inequalities and environmental degradation” as some of the “major obstacles to sustainable development worldwide, with social and economic exclusion and spatial segregation often an irrefutable reality in cities and human settlements” (UN, 2017: 2). More specifically, the declaration recognises that

the rising number of slum and informal-settlement dwellers, are affecting both developed and developing countries, and that the spatial organisation, accessibility and design of urban space, as well as the infrastructure and basic services provision, together with development policies, can promote or hinder social cohesion, equality and inclusion.

(UN, 2017: 7) As a result, the new urban agenda reaffirms the commitment of the global community to improve the living conditions of slum-dwellers as part of a broader goal of eradicating poverty (Pugalis et al., 2014a). While concerted efforts have already been made to alleviate slum conditions, such as meeting the target of the Millennium Development Goals to significantly improve the lives of 100 million slum-dwellers well in advance of the 2020 milestone, “urbanization continues to outpace improvements in slum conditions” (UN, 2014: 50). In absolute terms, the number of slum-dwellers is increasing, with estimations suggesting that 863 million people resided in slum conditions in 2012 compared to only 650 million in 1990 (UN, 2014). The rapid pace of urbanisation is particularly acute in sub-Saharan Africa, which according to UN-Habitat (2004) statistics is the most rapidly urbanising region of the world: over the forty-year period to 2050, projections suggest that approximately 20% of the world’s urbanised population will reside in Africa.
TitelThe Production of Alternative Urban Spaces : An International Dialogue
RedaktørerJens Kaae Fisker, Letizia Chiappini, Lee Pugalis, Antonella Bruzzese
Udgivelses stedLondon
ISBN (Trykt)9781138099784
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781315103952
StatusUdgivet - 2019
NavnRegions and Cities



Yeboah Danso-Wiredu, E., Fisker, J. K., & Pugalis, L. (2019). The production of slums: Old Fadama as an alternative space of urban dwelling. I J. K. Fisker, L. Chiappini, L. Pugalis, & A. Bruzzese (red.), The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces: An International Dialogue (s. 130-152). Routledge. Regions and Cities, Bind. 130