Secure Tenure and Urbanisation

Urbanisation is recognised as an inevitable process. No democratic nation-state has ever succeeded in preventing or reversing the movement of its citizens from rural to urban areas. Even authoritarian states such as South Africa under the apartheid regime, failed to stop such migration. A democratic nation-state that upholds basic civil liberties must support decisions by its citizens to move freely.

It is therefore inevitable such urbanisation in Phnom Penh, after getting peace, It has been a significant urban growth in the country. The number of population with social, economic and political are moving and changing day by day resulted in whether formal and informal dwellers in the city. Those are very complexity to urban management in terms of equity in living and housing.

By the way, even legal frameworks, still have no housing policy, have just been young in experience and exercise and limitation of resources the city contains squatters, slums, that the are poor and very poor. The impacts increasingly occurred such as insecure tenure, inequity of land and housing allocation.

The people in the city especially the poor, need a sustainable livelihood with their rights on land and housing not only currently they are living but for their children in the future that all of them are also the owner of the world.

How to help the urban pour have opportunity in access to housing rights? How to bring them to meet equity and secure tenure in land?

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