1.77 - Urban quality indicators for informal settlements. The case of the municipality of the city of Nampula, Mozambique

Project Description

(Ph.D. Program on Spatial Planning)

Informal settlements are characterized by the absence or insufficiency of infrastructure and services, which guarantee a good quality of life and well-being for residents. It is in this perspective that informal settlements are part of the objectives of sustainable development where the goal is to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Various studies, policies, and practical work have been carried out, some successful and others for improvement worldwide. In Mozambique, the Central and Local Government approved several policies to mitigate informal settlements, with emphasis on the Strategy for intervention in informal settlements in Mozambique and this thesis proposal aims to study informal settlements and the promotion of their urban quality, present, and future, through these indicators and propose new ones, both from the perspective of evaluating and rehabilitating existing ones or for application in new settlements. This thesis project is structured in four parts: the first refers to the introduction of the work, where the context of the research is exposed; Concepts; Definition of objectives and work methodologies. The second part addresses the literature review with a focus on informal settlements and their intervention indicators. The third part of the project is aimed at the case study through a preliminary characterization. The fourth part of the project presents the methodology and the proposal of the thesis structure, expected problems, schedule, conclusions, and the references used. The case study will preferentially consider the Neighborhoods of Muatala and Namutequeliua, both located in the Municipality of Nampula, Mozambique.

Research Team
  • Dorival Victorino Fijamo
  • Anabela Ribeiro (supervisor)
Financial Support
  • UniLúrio project: support to skills development for Agriculture and industry, financed by the African Development Bank.
Stage of Progress
  • Started in 2021