Improving access to housing for low-income communities in Dhaka: From rhetoric to reality in community participation

Begum, Halima (2015) Improving access to housing for low-income communities in Dhaka: From rhetoric to reality in community participation. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The research explores how community participation can address affordable housing problems of the poor in Dhaka. The research, based on extensive interviews, community focus groups and household surveys in different Dhaka slums, identifies the limiting factors to promote community participation in affordable housing creation. In Dhaka housing options for poor are currently limited to affordable shelters in informal settlements. Public housing programs have failed to reach the poor and meet affordability levels due to a number of factors including lack of beneficiary participation. Beneficiary participation, though widely recognized for success in housing initiatives, often deteriorates in process of implementation into mere involvement, not reflecting community needs and aspirations and thus failing to meet its core objectives. This research identified the most significant impediments as well as opportunities to advance participation in their own housing provisions in Dhaka city.

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ID Code: 82794
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Heywood, Phil & Susilawati, Connie
Keywords: low income housing, Dhaka, community participation, urban poor, affordable housing, slum
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2015 06:23
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 06:18

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