"The market usually decides the fate of slum dwellers"

  • 29/06/2004

What are your views on the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on human settlements?
Everybody is happy with the target that we have set: achieving significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum-dwellers, by 2020. At present, there are about one billion slum- dwellers and their numbers are growing very fast. If nothing changes, then there will be about 1.6 billion slum-dwellers by 2020. And the 100 million target that we have set is roughly seven per cent of the number of people who are expected to live in slums by 2020. So, not only do we have to bring significant improvement in the lives of 100 million, but also have policies to prevent new slum creation. And we need partners