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Title: Assessment of Community Participation in Slum Houses Upgrading Program in Addis Ababa: The Case of IHA-UDP Neighborhood Upgrading Projects in Kirkos Sub City
Authors: Hussein, Seid
Advisors: Alice K. Johnson Butterfield (Prof.)
Keywords: Slum Houses
IHA-UDP Neighborhood
Copyright: Jun-2007
Date Added: 6-May-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to assess the mode and the level of community participation as well as motivating factors that make community members participate in the upgrading program of rundown houses in the Kirkos sub city of Addis Ababa. The participants of the study were community members from the neighborhood groups, arbitration committee, facilitators and the ordinary residents. The study was descriptive and explanatory in nature, and cross-sectional study design was applied. The primary data was collected from four categories of people using qualitative data collection tools of interview, FGD and observation. The findings of the data show that community members from above categories have different forms of participation in the program, and are participating as facilitators, supervisors and daily laborers. The neighborhood groups, parting from the family to the kebele levels are more engaged in the identification of dilapidated houses for the upgrading program, prioritization, supervision of activities of other groups and mediation of conflicts. The arbitration committee mainly involved in the arbitration of conflicts in the community together with the neighborhood groups. The majority of the poor members tend to participate as daily laborer while the well-to-do residents of the community occasionally assist the daily laborers and facilitators. The studied groups also participate in the meetings arranged for different purposes. The motivating factor that makes the ordinary residents participate as daily laborer seems situation of their poverty and level of education while those neighborhood groups and elderly people motivated by public respects for working on behalf of the community. Besides, social services that arbitration committee obtaining also pushes them to participate. Contrary to this, the level of education, where majority of them didn’t complete even elementary level of education, restrain them from involvement in the crucial processes at the planning and decision making stages. All in all, the study found that none of the community members (whether elderly, youth, Illiterate, educated, or men and women, and so forth) are denied to take part in the program though they mainly participate in the implementation stage. Furthermore, none of these groups dominated the process of the upgrading program of the rundown houses. Rather, all categories of community members are working as facilitators of the implementing organization that controlled the key processes of planning, decision making and designing of the program.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2674
Appears in:Thesis - Social Work

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