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Housing the Nigerian Urban Poor: lessons from other countries

Opoko, A. P. (2005) Housing the Nigerian Urban Poor: lessons from other countries. Building quarterly, 3 (1). pp. 13-17. ISSN 1118-4302

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The magnitude of housing problems encountered in the country today has reached an alarming level. While the problems in the rural areas is mainly quantitative, in the urban areas, the nature of the problem is both quantitative and qualitative. In general, the problem is more acute amongst poor households, who constitute about 70% of the nation’s population. Efforts by successive governments, via policies and projects, aimed at ameliorating the housing problems in the country have made very limited impact on the situation, especially as it concerns the poor. This paper is based on a study visit to Pakistan which included discussions with relevant actors, and literature surveys by the author. It has identified housing programmes in other developing countries like Pakistan, Cuba, Kenya and Indonesia which have successful addressed the housing needs of poor families. Based on these case studies, the paper recommends strategies to decent housing. These include strategies which ensure that projects reach the target group, harness the resources of the poor, enjoy technical guidance, are affordable5 and thus sustainable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban poor; housing delivery strategies; nigerian
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 13:56
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2015 13:56

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