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dc.contributor.authorBradlow, Benjaminen_US
dc.contributor.authorBolnick, Joelen_US
dc.contributor.authorShearing, Clifforden_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:41:41Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:41:41Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.date.modified2014-08-19T04:43:52Z
dc.identifier.issn09562478en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0956247810392272en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/62558
dc.description.abstractThis paper considers why the housing subsidy programme in South Africa has had so little impact on poverty reduction despite its scale and generous funding. It discusses how this was linked to the government's conception of housing, the institutions involved and who controlled funding flows for housing. Most government funding went to contractors to build new units "for the poor"; it was assumed that these would replace homes in informal settlements that the poor developed themselves. Despite statements about the government's commitment to the People's Housing Process (PHP), informal settlements were only seen in negative terms and there was no support for incremental upgrading and very little support for low-income households to build their own homes. Meanwhile, the contractor-built houses were usually too small, of poor quality and in locations far from livelihoods and services. The paper ends with suggestions for how the formal institutions of government can learn to support and work with the poor. The incremental approaches of the poor to their own housing and livelihoods can serve as an alternative first principle for conceiving of the challenge of human settlements policy and practice. Furthermore, funding flows and their associated institutions should support people-centred development and institutionalize systems that make the informed participation of residents of informal settlements a pre-condition for state support.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd.en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom267en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto275en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEnvironment and Urbanizationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume23en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Science and Management not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode050299en_US
dc.titleHousing, institutions, money: The failures and promise of human settlements policy and practice in South Africaen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
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