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In order to better plan cities and the management of urban growth, the development of basic infrastructure is a key component to the cohesion of a community. Often ignored as a part of the city, slum communities often lack basic organization structures such as roads, electricity, sewers, etc. These structures are not only a means to basic services but help unify and connect communities to the city grid.

In addition to water and sanitation, urban poor federations examine other elements in basic infrastructure that are key to the development of their slum communities. Through negotiations and dialogues with local authorities and the private sector, federations work focus on the elements of basic infrastructure most crucial to the upgrading of an informal settlement and its needs. For one settlement this may be the need for paved roads and electricity while for another community it may require a direct connection to the sewer system and public transportation (such as the bus route). 


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