This thesis is concerned with the development of small scale contractors in developing
countries. The global trend towards privatisation has led to an increasing interest in the use
of the private sector for the construction of buildings and infrastructure. In developing
countries large projects are typically undertaken by large foreign contractors however, there
are few small scale contractors to undertake small construction projects or maintenance
The first stage of the study investigated three issues pertinent to the small scale contracting
1. The problems experienced by small scale contractors and the inter-relationship of
2. Contractor development projects to identify their support mechanisms and assess
their level of success
3. A review of the construction industry framework in developed and developing
countries to highlight the problems caused by their different structures.
The second stage of the study proposes the use of a Contractor Support Agency as the most
appropriate support mechanism for the development of the indigenous contracting sector
and outlines the roles and activities that should be undertaken by the agency. The
Contractor Support Agency model is reviewed by experts in the sector and the analysis of
the results presented in the thesis. The thesis concludes that the proposed model is broadly
correct and discusses small modifications that can be made to enhance its suitability in a
range of different situations.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.