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Housing delivery to the low income in Botswana

Housing delivery to the low income in Botswana The purpose of this study is to evaluate the housing delivery to the low income through the Self Help Housing Agency (SHHA) in Gaborone, Botswana.Design/methodology/approachData were collected through the use of questionnaire, interviews, records searches and observations using the mixed-method approach to establish why people sale houses. Proportionate and simple random sampling was used to obtain a sample size of 93 plots for both new SHHA areas and old SHHA areas at 90 per cent confidence level. For each plot, data pertaining to plot allocation, plot ownership, exchange of ownership over the years were collected.FindingsThe findings revealed that the programme has been hit by challenges emanating from the low-income group selling their houses to middle-income group which is predominant in the area thus leading to gentrification. It was also established that the number of sales in SHHA areas were increasing as evidenced from the transfers that were taking place. This could be influenced by the increasing demand for housing due to a growing population in Gaborone. The findings also revealed that demand is one of the determinants of rising prices, thus an incentive to the low-income group to sell their houses at higher prices.Research limitations/implicationsThe implication of these findings is that the low income will be displaced and might become homeless in future thus creating an opportunity for illegal settlements to develop.Originality/valueThe study has provided a context in which housing delivery to the low-income group can be safe guarded. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1753-8270
DOI
10.1108/ijhma-06-2017-0059
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the housing delivery to the low income through the Self Help Housing Agency (SHHA) in Gaborone, Botswana.Design/methodology/approachData were collected through the use of questionnaire, interviews, records searches and observations using the mixed-method approach to establish why people sale houses. Proportionate and simple random sampling was used to obtain a sample size of 93 plots for both new SHHA areas and old SHHA areas at 90 per cent confidence level. For each plot, data pertaining to plot allocation, plot ownership, exchange of ownership over the years were collected.FindingsThe findings revealed that the programme has been hit by challenges emanating from the low-income group selling their houses to middle-income group which is predominant in the area thus leading to gentrification. It was also established that the number of sales in SHHA areas were increasing as evidenced from the transfers that were taking place. This could be influenced by the increasing demand for housing due to a growing population in Gaborone. The findings also revealed that demand is one of the determinants of rising prices, thus an incentive to the low-income group to sell their houses at higher prices.Research limitations/implicationsThe implication of these findings is that the low income will be displaced and might become homeless in future thus creating an opportunity for illegal settlements to develop.Originality/valueThe study has provided a context in which housing delivery to the low-income group can be safe guarded.

Journal

International Journal of Housing Markets and AnalysisEmerald Publishing

Published: May 21, 2018

Keywords: Housing; Botswana; Housing policy; Gaborone; Housing delivery; Low-income group; SHHA

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