The multinationals conference being held in Kigali starting on this Tuesday the 3rd Aug 2013 intends to find solutions to eradicate slums in cities and towns. This is not only for good image of these towns and cities but as well as eradicating poverty explains Dr. Aissa Kirabo the deputy director of UN-Habitat.
“for people to give up creating and living in slums, they have to first improve their social welfare without providing them only good houses, water or sanitation only” said Dr Aissa Kirabo Kacyira.
“a lot is required to sustain this like the support of politics, good working relationship with supporting organizations, developing people’s capacities to solve their own problems, providing people with infrastructure, supporting the youth in finding employment among the many.”
Rwanda there are about 25000 families living in slums areas in the towns of Rwanda and yet this number is on the increase with people moving to towns to find employment with nothing to attract them in rural areas.
The minister for infrastructure and Habitation in Rwanda Prof. Silas Lwakabamba says this issue will be solved with the implementation of the Second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2) in 2013-2018.
Minister Lwakabamba says “there are many strategies to pull off this like promoting technical education, distributing clean water, electricity and roads to people. Developing small towns all over the country so that 48% of people who come to Kigali city to have options of towns to go to and construct cheap accommodation suitable for low class people.”
The coordinator of UN in Rwanda Lamin Manneh said UN-Habitat brought the multi- national meeting in Rwanda because of the strength and emphasis Rwanda is putting in solving habitation problems among its citizens.
This is measured on things like making master plans for all towns, settling people in villages in rural areas, and implementing EDPRS program to fight poverty among the people.