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Title: Aided self-help: the Million Houses Programme - revisiting the issues
Authors: Joshi, Sharadbala
Sohail (Khan), M.
Keywords: Aided self-help
Participation
Environmental improvement
Slums
Sustainability
Up-scaling
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Elsevier Ltd.
Citation: JOSHI, S. and SOHAIL KHAN, M., 2009. Aided self-help: the Million Houses Programme - revisiting the issues. Habitat International, 34 (3), pp.306-314.
Abstract: The self-help approach to housing aims at creating an enabling environment. An environment in which occupants of a piece of land, especially the poor, build their affordable houses fulfilling their current needs and progressively expand and/or improve the house to meet their changing needs. The Million Houses Programme in Sri Lanka ‘aided’ self-help incorporated participation in decisionmaking, support for planning, design, construction, and financing. The project further expanded to enhance skills of settlement residents for taking-up community contracts for construction of community assets. Currently when relocation of slum dwellers in built-housing is becoming the preferred option, this article very briefly revisited the lessons learnt and the lessons that could still be learned from the experience of the Million Houses Programme and of the ‘People’s Process’. It argues that an ‘enabling environment’ for increasing access to housing involves multi-pronged support through facilitators. The experience of the Million Houses Programme offer insights, even now, into effective strategies for aided self-help housing.
Description: This article was accepted for publication in the journal Habitat International [© Elsevier] and the definitive version can be found at: www.elsevier.com/locate/habitatint
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2009.11.010
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/6122
ISSN: 0197-3975
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