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The cancer of sub-standard housing is spreading round the world

A slum in Nairobi, Kenia. (Photo: khym54/Flickr/CC) In spite of international commitments, 1,600 million people all over the world are living in deficient housing, and in the developing South 828 million lack adequate water and sanitation services. In the Social Watch Report 2012, experts warn that these problems are aggravated by inequalities between and within countries, privatization, the disappearance of communal property, migration, forced eviction, land speculation and climate change.