Engaging with and measuring informality in the proposed Urban Sustainable Development Goal
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

A unique project by Mistra Urban Futures to test the draft targets and indicators of the proposed Urban Sustainable Development Goal (Goal 11) in five diverse cities in Europe, Africa, and Asia revealed numerous complexities and differences in data availability, potential accessibility, and relevance. Deploying the findings from Kisumu and Cape Town, we highlight the particular challenges posed by widespread urban informality. Similar issues apply across the global South. The targets and indicators rely on official/formal data, which are often of questionable reliability and exclude unregulated activities. The particularly problematic conceptualization of the slum/informal settlements indicator is examined in depth, along with indicators on transport and waste management. © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


waste disposal

urban transport

tenure security

Urban Sustainable Development Goal



Helen Arfvidsson

Mistra Urban Futures

Göteborgs universitet

David Simon

Göteborgs universitet

Mistra Urban Futures

Michael Oloko

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology

Nishendra Moodley

Palmer Development Group

African Geographical Review

1937-6812 (ISSN)

Vol. 36 1 100-114


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