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Interventions in housing provision in Makeni, Sierra Leone

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Kamara


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This paper attempts to make a preliminary application of the ideas put forward in a recent Guest Editorial in Habitat International2 which calls for a shift in targeting housing intervention from the householder/house interface to the contractor/house and householder/contractor interfaces. Impressionistic evidence based on the personal experience of the author and some literature is used to assess the applicability of the principles and implied suggestions for their implementation, to the particular situation of Makeni, Sierra Leone. Beginning with a review of the contents of the Editorial, the context and current process of housing delivery in Makeni are described and compared to the suggestions in the Editorial. A preliminary analysis suggested that interventions in the contractor/house and householder/house interfaces could improve on current levels of housing provision in Makeni, but certain constraints necessitate modifications to the ideas presented in the Editorial referred to above. These are discussed briefly in the recommendations at the end of the paper.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kamara JM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Habitat International

Year: 1995

Volume: 19

Issue: 4

Pages: 615-628

ISSN (print): 0197-3975

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5428

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/0197-3975(95)00021-7


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