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Case Study of Sites and Services Schemes in Kenya: Lessons from Dandora and Thika


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  • Case Study of Sites and Services Schemes in Kenya: Lessons from Dandora and Thika (1987) reports on a study of the 'sites and services' strategy as it has been implemented in Kenya. Two projects have been studied: Makongeni in Thika, one of Kenya's secondary towns; and Dandora in Nairobi. Makongeni was conceived in 1970 with the intention of providing sufficient plots to accommodate around 60 per cent of the predicted population growth in Thika. Dandaor was designed in 1974 and construction of houses began in 1976. Both projects were based on the idea of individual low-income families building their own homes, initially with simple materials, which could later be improved. The study, produced by the Uniited Nations Centre for Human Settlements, identifies two aspects of urban dynamics that have been given inadequate consideration in both projects. The first of these is the nature of informal housing provision, and the second was the strong linkages between urban households and their rural homes. It is likely that this study will offer valuable insights to those involved in planning for shelter provision in developing countries.

Key Resources:
  •  General background on Kenya (Part 1); Sites and services in Thika (Part 2); Sites and services in Nairobi (Part 3); Performance of sites and services in Kenya (Part 4); Conclusions (Part 5).


      
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