Abstract: In the literature there is currently a problem of definition and demarcation of informal settlements. The goal of this communication is to suggest a best definition and demarcation for informal settlements. Through a review of literature, the study suggests that when a study intends focusing on all characters of informal settlements, including the overcrowding and extreme poverty aspects, the term informal settlement or informal settlements and slums may suffice. However, if basic characters are the focus, an operational definition should be provided to avoid misunderstanding. Furthermore, the study suggests the proxy term shacks not in a backyard, a term adopted by the Housing Development Agency of South Africa, even though not a perfect one, is the closest criteria for the demarcation of informal settlements. This is believed to be potentially capable of reducing the strain of demarcation especially useful for policy and developmental purposes.
Ighodaro Ikponmwosa David and Nkonki-Mandleni Busisiwe, 2019. Towards the Understanding and Demarcation of Informal Settlements. The Social Sciences, 14: 116-122.