The Republic of Mauritius is an archipelago state with a total population of about 1.2 million. Ninety-seven percent of the Mauritian population lives on the main island of Mauritius, where 42 percent of the residents are urban, concentrated in five towns and cities. No extensive slum settlements exist, and even if there are some slum-like living conditions (mainly insecurity of tenure and high rates of room occupation), they are in very specific geographical locations (Mauritius Urban Profile 2011). Unprecedented reform of social housing was initiated in the 2012 National Budget, with the government setting up a Social Housing Development Fund with MUR 1.5 billion (USD 51 million). The fund will encourage the establishment of not-for-profit Housing Development Trusts.
Phase 1: Urban profiling – completed
Phase 2: Action planning and programme document formulation – starting
Phase 3: Project implementation – forthcoming