Public Policies Toward Informal Settlements in Jordan (1965–2010)

Myriam Ababsa

in Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971358 | DOI:
Public Policies Toward Informal Settlements in Jordan (1965–2010)

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This chapter details the evolution of policies for the rehabilitation of informal settlements in Jordan, showing that they are contingent on the residents' degree of citizenship and the fact that policies changed after the peace accord with Israel in 1994. While illegal settlements built by Palestinian refugees were rehabilitated by the Housing and Urban Development Corporation, those built following Transjordanian rural depopulation were rehabilitated locally by municipalities. From 1980 to 1997, Jordan was the first Arab country to implement the developmentalist ideology recently fostered by the World Bank, which involved the residents of informal areas in all the stages of renovation of their homes and enabled them to become homeowners. This titling policy was subsequently abandoned in favor of a single policy of provision of services.

Keywords: Informal settlement; upgrading; public participation; land titling policies

Chapter.  8792 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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