Description/achievement of initiative
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nigeria has stated that about 80 million Nigerians, representing 79 per cent of the population, are living in slums. The growth of informal settlements around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has largely been as a result of inadequate and non-affordable housing for all classes of the citizenry. The challenge of securing land tenure for the teeming populace, the high cost of building materials, inaccessible mortgage mechanisms for the poor as well as the high rents of urban accommodation has been responsible for many of the city’s suburban slums. This partnership aims to support the development of human settlements around Abuja by transforming slums and unhealthy environments through collaboration.
ISPHS adopted the following methodologies for implementation:1. Community mobilization/consultation2. Advocacy visit to relevant stakeholders3. Coalition building and networking4. Development of tools for data collection5. Training of enumerator6. Data collection to develop an alternative plan to forced evictions and demolitions7. Data analysis8. Documentation9. Stakeholders meeting for sharing of findings10. Publication of report
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
There is adequate arrangement for transfer of capacity and technology by involving slum dwellers actively in all stages of the project. ISPHS is also creating a link between slum dwellers and civil authorities as well as relevant stakeholders, for proper engagement.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Initiative for the Support and Promotion of Human Shelter (ISPHS) is governed by Board of Directors, its programs are run by the management staff. ISPHS powerfully believes in active participation and involvement of slum dwellers, members of informal settlements, volunteers, and other relevant stakeholders in the planning, design and the implementation of projects.
* Initiative for the Support and Promotion of Human Shelter (ISPHS)
* Federal Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development
* Shack and Slum Dwellers Association, Nigeria
* Gwagwalada Concern Youth Forum
* Lugbe Community Development Association
* Institute for Housing and Urban Development
* Federation of Urban Poor (FEDUP)