There is growing interest within government and the country around the concept of re-blocking. Re-blocking is the process whereby communities who have occupied land work with government and others to shift shacks and plots around as part of the process of upgrading of informal settlements. Pre-blocking, in contrast, is where future occupants of land work with government and others to plan and create roadways and plots before anyone moves onto the land. This learning brief starts to look at what the benefits of a pre-blocking approach are and what such a process could look like from the perspective of a local municipality.

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