Organized Self-help Housing as a Method for achieving more Sustainable Human Settlements

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There is a growing interest in organized self-help housing (OSHH) from both authoriti es and Non Governmental Organizati ons (NGOs) working in the housing sector due to the magnitude of housing problems in developing countries and the challenge of achieving sustainable human
sett lements. This paper focuses on the experiences of two NGOs, FUPROVI in Costa Rica and SADEL in Sweden, in facilitati ng organized self-help housing projects over a period of 30 years.
The aim of the paper is to analyze the organized self-help housing approaches of the nongovernmental organizati ons FUPROVI and SADEL and establish the connecti ons of their practice with key issues of the Habitat Agenda. The conceptual model regarding the roles of the diff erent actors within OSHH projects, specifi cally the responsibiliti es and roles of the households, the facilitati ng organizati on and the authoriti es, is analyzed with a focus on how to
achieve sustainable human settlements. Results show that the OSHH processes implemented by both NGOs are based on the main principles of the Habitat Agenda such as solidarity, partnership, community parti cipati on, social-technical assistance, capacity building and innovati ve approaches towards resource mobilizati on. These are the key aspects for long term development of sustainable human sett lements. The paper concludes with recommendati ons
on the planning and implementati on of OSHH projects and presents insights on insti tuti onal development for facilitati ng organizati ons. The main contributi on of the paper is to reinterpret the role of organized self-help housing and its role in the further development of enabling shelter strategies in developing countries.


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Sidor (från-till)13-52
TidskriftHuman Settlements Review
StatusPublished - 2013
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