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Investigating the value and feasibility of using public finance for self-build housing processes in South Africa Investigating the value and feasibility of using public finance for self-build housing processes in South Africa
In 2023, Isandla Institute deepened its work on technical and financial support for self-build by developing a proposed institutional design for Housing Support Centres. This paper examines the financial implications for self-build. It builds on the premise that self-build is part of the right of access to housing and that as such, the state must take reasonable steps, including financial…
Institutionalising a Housing Support Centre Model to enable self-build Institutionalising a Housing Support Centre Model to enable self-build
In 2022, Isandla Institute investigated¬†how self-build can be enabled and supported through of Housing Support Centres (HSCs), inspired by the local EPHP housing support centre precedent and other Global South self-build initiatives. This paper draws on the research and arguments developed previously by developing a model for the institutionalisation HSCs. This, in turn will lay the basis for policy…

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