Squatter settlements can be improved through urban planning. The plan to improve Dharavi is called Vision Mumbai. This involves replacing squatter settlement housing with high-quality high-rise tower blocks of flats. Work has now begun on the improvement of Dharavi, and some recent developments include:
Like India, Brazil is an example of a newly industrialised country (NIC). In Brazil, squatter settlements have been improved through self-help schemes. This is when residents improve their own homes with the support of the local authority. For example, the local authority may provide cheap building materials or a loan for residents to purchase them. Residents make all the improvements to their homes themselves.