Informal settlements residents are willing to pay for service charges associated with improved infrastructure and services, a study carried out on a number of informal settlements in Port Moresby revealed.

This was the residents’ reaction to the proposal of informal settlements undergoing an upgrading program – a strategy to improve the living conditions and welfare of informal settlement residents and prevent further sprouting of settlements.

However, for the upgrade project to be effective and sustainable, the residents should be involved in the planning, implementing and in selecting the infrastructure and services needed, the findings of the study: Strategy to improve the living conditions in informal settlements in Papua New Guinea: Evidence from Port Moresby (PNG NRI Discussion Paper No.190) showed.

“In order for the upgrade project to be implemented in an effective and orderly manner, effective guidelines and feedback mechanisms should be established before implementing the project.”

Informal settlements provide affordable housing for low-income households, hence, the residents’ willingness to live there, but prefer piped-borne potable water supply, healthcare facilities and good road networks.

The findings by Prof. Eugene Ezebilo and Prof. Patrice Savadogo aims to contribute to urban development planning by providing guidelines for upgrading informal settlements in an effective and efficient manner.

It will also be useful for policy makers, planners and urban development managers in the informal settlement upgrade process.


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Dr. Osborne Sanida
PNG NRI Acting Director


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