Participatory housing in acquiring space In the inner city redevelopment(the case of sengatera firdebet phase i)

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Addis Ababauniversity


The Inner city of Addis Ababa has been categorized as ―slum‖ due to deteriorated and con-gested physical condition, which overshadowed its praised socio economic potentials built for a century. Current interventions made to improve the poor conditions of these inner cities involved resettlement on site/ nearby sites or elsewhere. Previous studies made by other researchers on Impacts of redevelopment due to renewal from different perspectives in the inner city of Addis Ababa indicate that relocation was concluded through negotiation than consensus. These studies also show the benefit of participation of the residents in the pro-cess. The conclusions specify resettlement on or at nearby sites benefit the re-settlers and help create healthy neighborhoods. However, while most studies made in the area stress on the necessity of participation and show major interventions lack involvement of stakeholders in decision makings, deep studies on ―How ‖&‖Why‖ the process affected the result were not conducted on community participation .So, ―depth and level of participation‖ explored in this study taking the case of Lideta Firdebet phase I inner city renewal pilot project in Addis Aba-ba. It analyzed in light of theories, local and international practices, the level of participation of the affected residents based on research questions relating participation of action area residents and renewal objectives before and after implementation. Primary and Secondary data were used mainly from archives, interviews, survey, personal observations and map-pings to organize and interpret in qualitative approach. Findings of the study show that residents and developer reached a consensus either to be resettled back or at nearby relocation sites and also to be part of redevelopment activities. However this was later reversed and the residents were relocated to distant different 53 lo-cations. So, lack of transparency from inception stage to resettlement process keeps the participation level and depth to be informative or convincing process rather than consulting. Even though tenure transfer from renting to owning a house and standardized infrastructure considered as achievement ; distrust in the actions of the developer, unexpected loss of so-cial and economic capitals happened to be unresolved. In order to create a win –win situation a mediator represented from government and reset-tlers proposed to conduct the consultation process .On the other hand to minimize displace-ment repurposed shipping containers as transitional shelters recommended to be built with-in the existing settlement by aligning future open spaces to the existing ones



Acquiring space