|The Community Builders: A Practical Guide where People Matter (GTZ, 1989)|
Section A: The idea and the proposal
Promote open free discussion that explores the idea, drawing people in to gain their contribution. Examine the concept from the grass roots point of view and look on the
Project Proposal as the incentive to do our homework thoroughly.
Section B: Working out the details
Reflect on the proposal while we can still make some changes. Delegate and share responsibility by forming a Building Committee. Look at the layout in detail and decide how the work will be carried out.
Section C: Preparing the job
Co-ordinate the preparation of the information from which the builder will price the job.
Here the job is divided into 3 parts to illustrate alternative ways of carrying out the work in
-organizing the job ourselves;
-building with our own hands;
-using a contractor.
Section D: Carrying out the work
Building Committee in day to day control, directing, reporting; accepting hand-over, organizing occupation; the final account, maintenance, etc.
It is unfortunate that in the English language building terminology is entirely and traditionally masculine, for example 'foreman', 'manhole', and 'the men' who work on the site. In Africa women have a significant role in traditional house building, and in modern self-build co-ops they are often to be seen outnumbering the men. There is, therefore, no practical reason why we should not have women as Community Builders, or indeed as plumbers, foremen and architects. There. fore, in the text please accept that when the male gender is used it applies equally to both male and female. Occasionally, where the point has to be emphasized that both are equally acceptable,'he' and 'she' are used.