Favella is a name given to slums and shanty dwellings in Brazil where the poorest people live on the surbubs of the cities of SaoPaulo and Rio dejeneiro. Favellas have become a common term that describes poor neighbourhoods in South America mainly inhabited by the most urban poor. In Uganda’s case, a Favella is “Mama Yingiya Pole’ It can also be the slums of Katanga, Kamwokya and Namuwongo.
Favellas are a manifestation of the failure by policy makers and the market itself to allocate resources and provide the basic housing infrastructure for the downtrodden. It’s a policy failure on the part of government which ultimately has consequences of crime, lawlessness and risky neighbourhoods. We must go to work to reduce favellas in Uganda. Inclusive development is sustainable development.