Glossary Term

Informal tented settlement

The UN Habitat Programme defines Informal Tented Settlements (ITS) in two parts:

  1. “Residential areas where a group of housing units has been constructed on land to which the occupants have no legal claim, or which they occupy illegally”; and
  2. “Unplanned settlements and areas where housing is not in compliance with current planning and building regulations (otherwise known as unauthorized housing).