During the debate several issues were raised: the fact that informal settlements designate a variety of situations, thus requiring differentiated approaches; the magnitude of the phenomenon and the continuous growth, determined also by a non-acceptance on the part of the decision-makers and the enabled institutions. That is why communication and working with local public authorities, as well as the use of inspiration for success models in other countries – for example, the case of Macedonia, where Habitat for Humanity provided technical assistance and micro-financing for improvement.
An example of good practice is also a recent intervention in the Bucharest neighborhood of Ferentari, where Policy Center for Roma and Minorities and ENEL worked in partnership to improve the access to electricity of the inhabitants of the area. The mediator who facilitated the relationship between the community and the electricity supplier and who supported the people in the bureaucratic endeavors was extremely important.
The debate ended by stressing the importance of involving directly affected people in choosing solutions that can only be tailored to each community.
You can view the recording of the debate here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZGR2BS9hok
The conclusions of the debate can be found HERE.