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close this bookJournal of the Network of African Countries on Local Building Materials and Technologies - Volume 4, Number 1 (HABITAT, 1996, 42 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentThe aim of the Network and its Journal
View the documentSecond United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) -''The City Summit'', Istanbul, Turkey. 3-14 June 1996
View the documentHabitat II and the Construction Sector
View the documentConstruction Sector For Housing And Infrastructure Delivery - An Issue Paper Prepared For The Habitat II Conference**
View the documentHabitat II - A Breakthrough for Non-governmental Organizations in Committee II of the Conference
View the documentHabitat II - Shelter-Afrique Launches a Continental Housing Investment Programme and Seeks to Expand Membership
View the documentCost - effective Building Technologies - Technology Transfer, Dissemination and Extension: The Indian experience***
View the documentHabitat II - Conference closes as Habitat Agenda is Adopted, UNCHS to be Strengthened as Implementing Agency
View the documentEvents
View the documentPublications Review
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The aim of the Network and its Journal

The Network of African Countries on Cost-effective Building Technologies has the objective of strengthening local technological capacity through facilitating information flow, regional cooperation and transfer of appropriate technologies in low-cost and innovative housing delivery systems in African countries.

The Journal of the Network, currently published biannually, aims at providing a channel for information that is available and could be used by professionals, technicians, researchers, scientists as well as policy and decision-makers. It is a medium for information exchange and facilitator for acquiring suitable technologies and know-how by needy countries.

Efforts are made to compile, process and publish articles and technical papers originating, mainly from the African region. However, as deemed appropriate and subject to availability, research findings and technological information from countries outside the African region are also included to stimulate interregional cooperation as well.


This Journal welcomes information or articles on low-cost innovations in building technologies. Information in the form of technical and policy papers, illustrations, news items and announcements of events can be sent from individuals or institutions in the private or public sector, from within and outside the African region. All correspondence on the Journal should be addressed to the Chief, Building and Infrastructure Technology Section, Research and Development Division, UNCHS (Habitat), P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi Kenya.

The views expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of the United Nations. Mention of firm names and commercial products do not imply the endorsement of UNCHS (Habitat). The reprinting of any of the material in this publication is welcome, provided that the source is mentioned and one copy sent to UNCHS (Habitat).

National Network Institutions

Housing and Architecture Department
Ministry of Town Planning and Housing
Yaounde, Cameroon

Department of Civil Engineering
University of Addis Ababa

Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI)
Kumasi University

Housing and Building Research Institute (HABRI)
College of Architecture and Engineering
University of Nairobi, Kenya

Lesotho Housing and Land
Development Cooperation
Maseru, Lesotho

Department of Civil Engineering
The Polytechnic
University of Malawi, Malawi

Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
University of Malta, Malta

School of Industrial Technology
University of Mauritius, Mauritius

Ministry of Local Government and Housing
Windhoek, Namibia

Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI)
Lagos, Nigeria

Faculty of Engineering
Fourah Bay College
University of Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Centre Technique des Materiaux de Construction
de la Ceramique et du Verre
CTMCCV Tunis, Tunisia

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development
Kampala, Uganda

Building Research Unit (BRU)
Dar-es-Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania

National Housing Authority
Lusaka, Zambia

Ministry of Public Construction and National
Housing Harare, Zimbabwe

Readers of this Journal might have noticed that the title of the Network and its Journal has been modified to read:

Network of African Countries on Cost-effective Building Technologies

This has been done in an attempt to diversify and broaden the scope of the Network and to target its Journal to a wider audience. This decision has been made following consultations with a number of African Government delegates and professionals who were attending the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) held in Istanbul, Turkey in June 1996.

It is hoped that this modification, which encompasses the construction-related recommendations of Habitat Agenda adopted by the Habitat II Conference, would provide an innovative approach to facilitating information flow and regional cooperation in appropriate building technologies, in general, and in the construction industry, in particular, in the African region.

The editor



Kalyan Ray

Baris Der-Petrossian

UNCHS (Habitat)

UNCHS (Habitat)

P.O. Box 30030 Nairobi, Kenya

P.O. Box 30030 Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: 254-2-623039; Fax: 254-2-624265;

Tel: 254-2-623906; Fax: 254-2-624265



A construction process using durable materials. Courtesy LCHS, SIDA, Sweden