Informal settlements and access to data in the time of COVID: a case for sharing data for decision making | Land Portal
Contact details: 
Neil Sorensen, neil.sorensen@landportal.org
Organizers: 
Language of the event: 
English

 

The spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and other countries in the region has again brought to the fore the fact that very dense, under-serviced, mostly informal, settlements are not healthy places to live. They are also places where the spread of a disease is difficult to prevent or manage. 

 

 

 

 

Over the last two to three decades in South Africa, government and private sector investments in housing and urban infrastructure have not given enough attention to creating well-designed, dense environments that are comfortable, dignified, and healthy places to live, nor to cities and towns that are healthy as a whole.  The kind of emergency response that was required to address the imminent spread of COVID-19 highlighted  the widespread vulnerability of the poorest, compounded by highly unequal access to services and ongoing unhealthy living conditions. 

Despite the existence of a great deal of data about formal and informal human settlements in the country, over the last few months during the epidemic when it has come down to directing the disaster response based on usable information, and then prioritizing the follow-up responses around addressing conditions in informal settlements, the challenge of identifying up-to-date data about informal and rural settlements that is coupled with data about the people living in such settlements has proven elusive.

This has highlighted again the real need for institutional coordination and data sharing across state and non-state actors, many of whom have reasonably current data. This data, however, exists in pockets, is often protected, or is not available in sharable, geo-referenced formats. 

This webinar reflected on the challenges of accessing data and information to aid a comprehensive understanding of informal settlements in time of crisis or disaster. It also considered the value and relevance of the findings of the ‘State of Land Information in South Africa’ report. 

Moderators

 

Mark Napier, Principal Researcher, CSIR

Mike Powel (Advisor)

 
 

Mark Napier
Principal Researcher
CSIR

Mike Powell
Independent consultant focusing on establishing effective intermediaries between technology developers and ICT users in the development sector

 

 

Panelists

Alize le Roux
Alize le Roux
Senior Researcher
CSIR       
   
    
  
  
  

Mirjam van Donk
Mirjam van Donk
Director
Isandla Institute   
   
   
  
   

   


Ahmed Vawda
Former Deputy
Director General of 
Human Settlement
Delivery Frameworks
for the Republic
of South Africa  

    

 

This webinar is the second webinar in a series on the State of Land Information in South Africa.

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Informal settlements and access to data in the time of COVID: a case for sharing data for decision making

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Rapports et recherches
novembre, 2020
Afrique australe

The spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and other countries in the region has again brought to the fore the fact that very dense, under-serviced, mostly informal, settlements are not healthy places to live. They are also places where the spread of a disease is difficult to prevent or manage.

The kind of emergency response that was required to address the imminent spread of COVID-19 highlighted the widespread vulnerability of the poorest, compounded by highly unequal access to services and ongoing unhealthy living conditions.

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