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    Prevention of Spontaneous Settlements

    • Scaling-Up Upgrading

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Salvador, Brazil


Novos Alagados is a favela of 13,000 people living on the water’s edge or on the water in houses on stilts in the Todos os Santos Bay in Salvador, Brazil. This upgrading program was started in 1993 by an Italian NGO, AVSI (Associazione Volontari per il Servizio Internazionale) and was funded by the World Bank, the state government of Bahia, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and others. It was selected as one of Brazil’s submissions to HABITAT II in 1996 due to its physical and environmental focus, its emphasis on the creation of jobs and income-generating opportunities, and its environmental education component. The government of Bahia plans to use it as a model for upgrading in the rest of the state.

The second phase of the program has included the creation of a cadastre that will be used in the promotion of social services as well as in the prevention of further spontaneous settlements.

For further information:
Izar, Priscila. “Slum Upgrading in Novos Alagados, Salvador, and Bahia.” (Washington, D.C.: World Bank, draft, 17 June, 1999)

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