Relevamiento de Barrios Populares (Survey of Popular Neighbourhoods)

The central government is improving social and urban integration of informal settlements faster than ever. Through a collaborative approach, we invited social organizations to design and conduct the 1st National survey of slums. With a mobile app and training, the inhabitants of the neighborhoods help in the process. Then, the families received a Certificate that allows them to request public services.

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The Chief of Cabinet of Ministers - Presidency of the Nation- created in 2016 the Program "Coordination of Sociocommunal Projects". The aim of this program is to work with several social organizations and NGOs in a project to gather information on the characteristics of all the slums of the country, as well as the degree of access of its inhabitants to basic social rights and their needs. A “popular neighborhood” (slum), is a neighborhood where at least 8 families are grouped or contiguous, where more than half of the population does not have land tenure or regular access to two or more of the basic services (water network, electric power network with meter and/or cloacal network).

The work was coordinated by the government from a central team in the Cabinet Office with social organizations nucleated in Confederación de Trabajadores de la Economía Popular (CTEP), Corriente Clasista y Combativa (CCC) and Barrios de Pie, and with the organizations TECHO and Caritas Argentina, all of them with territorial presence throughout the country.

All localities with more than 10,000 inhabitants were raked obtaining the perimeter of each one of them. Subsequently, all neighborhoods with their respective lots were digitally mapped, providing training in the use of GIS software to a group of residents of the neighborhoods. Information in the houses of all the slums was gathered with more than 7,000 relayers of the territory of 10 organizations.

The main objective pursued by this survey is to achieve social and urban integration of the “popular neighborhoods”. To do this, two lines of action were taken:

1.  Provide people living in popular neighborhoods with property titles. In this regard, the State Property Administration Agency (Agencia de Administración de Bienes del Estado, AABE) was empowered to issue the Certificate of Family Dwelling (CFD) after the survey was conducted. The CFD can be requested by the families who were relieved and it is only delivered in offices of the National Social Security Administration (ANSES). The CFD also enables the families to request and access public services such as running water, sewers, electricity and natural gas network. As such, the CFD serves as a sufficient title for accreditation of domicile before any national, provincial, municipal public authority, entities, and private companies, also serving as a legal or fiscal domicile.

2.  Create the National Registry of Popular Neighborhoods. This registry was intended to gather all the information that was obtained through the survey, including information regarding inhabitants, and the digitally mapped information regarding location. As well as the situation regarding public services in each neighborhood.

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Year: 2016
Level of government: National/Federal government


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