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The Expansion of Informal Settlements in Industrializing Cities in Ethiopia: The Case of Hawassa

Peri urban areas provide the opportunity to low income population to own land through informal land transaction. Though informal land transaction is practiced at all the Peripheries even before the development of the Hawassa Industrial Park, the study found out that there is a significant migration of people to the city in search of job opportunity at the Hawassa Industrial Park. As a result peripheries have become home for thousands of laborers that work at Hawassa Industrial Park since they provide affordable rental rooms. This article analyses the expansion of informal settlements due to industrialization (development of industrial parks). Both primary and secondary data sources were used. Literature reviews, key informants, interviews of Hawassa Industrial Park workers, room renters and questionnaire survey of knowledgeable persons are among the main data collection instruments used in the research. The findings of the study indicated that informal land transaction was a common practice on the peripheries of the city of Hawassa, but the emergence of the Hawassa Industrial Park has greatly intensified and diversified the practice at the peripheries close to the Hawassa Industrial Park. The paper concludes by recommending proactive measures needed to boost supply of land for housing through formal mechanisms.

Industrial Park, Hawassa Industrial Park, Informal Settlement, Peri-Urban Area

APA Style

Enanu Girma Melka, Wubshet Berhanu. (2023). The Expansion of Informal Settlements in Industrializing Cities in Ethiopia: The Case of Hawassa. Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, 8(3), 64-76. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.larp.20230803.13

ACS Style

Enanu Girma Melka; Wubshet Berhanu. The Expansion of Informal Settlements in Industrializing Cities in Ethiopia: The Case of Hawassa. Landsc. Archit. Reg. Plan. 2023, 8(3), 64-76. doi: 10.11648/j.larp.20230803.13

AMA Style

Enanu Girma Melka, Wubshet Berhanu. The Expansion of Informal Settlements in Industrializing Cities in Ethiopia: The Case of Hawassa. Landsc Archit Reg Plan. 2023;8(3):64-76. doi: 10.11648/j.larp.20230803.13

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