| Catalogue of training and information tools on community participation in human settlements |
WRITEN BY: ERNESTO BARRAZA, EDIN MARTINEZ, RAIMUND WEGENER
PRODUCED BY: NATIONAL HOUSING INSTITUTE (INVI), SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, 1985.
AVAILABLE FROM: GERMAN APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY EXCHANGE, GTZ-GmbH, POST-FACH 5180, D 6236 ESCHBORN 1, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 244
The manual provides a detailed guide to the social, technical, financial and administrative stages for the planning and implementation of self-help housing projects. It is written from the viewpoint that self-help is an integral educative process which brings about social development as well as the provision of housing. As a result, unlike other technical guides, the manual discusses in detail issues such as problems that are likely to occur on site and inter-group conflicts, and shows how public education techniques can be applied e.g., the use of models and oral advertising of a project to ensure maximum community participation.
The financial and technical sections provide a check-list of procedures for running a scheme. These are not merely summaries of what 'should be done' but guidelines on 'how to' execute each step of a scheme. Each section is followed by a set of appendices which provide a variety of models and samples of paperwork for housing officers and illustrated booklets for use in training sessions with community leaders and groups of self- builders. These include an outline agenda, guidelines for giving talks to the community and illustrated booklets on the roles of storekeeper, co-ordinator and secretary, as well as sample timetables and work-control, costing and building materials record sheets. A case study is included which incorporates and demonstrates the use of the tools and techniques described in the manual.
The manual would be useful to run a training course for housing officers of a government department or for non-governmental personnel who were not familiar with self-help methods of building or had not had direct experience of working with community groups in participatory projects.