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Self-Help Housing: Cooperative Societies' Contributions and Professionals' Views in Akure, Nigeria

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Self-help has been a means through which households in Nigerian cities achieve their home ownership aspirations. Recent discourses are (re)directing attention to its potentials in accelerating incremental affordable housing. This paper reports a study, conducted in Akure, Nigeria, that investigates two distinct threads related to self-provisioned housing. Firstly, are the contributions of cooperative societies to self-provisioned housing and, secondly, the views of professionals on factors restricting self-help housing. A combination of quantitative (surveys) and qualitative (semi-structured interviews) methods were adopted for data collected across the two themes. Existing collective action in resident-led, self-provided housing came to the fore while the key factors identified as restricting self-help housing are mortgage (finance), land conflicts, quackery and loopholes in planning laws. The study improves understanding of resident-led housing and provides some pointers on the role of cooperatives in enhancing it. It also proposes that collective action can address some of the restrictive factors.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2019

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