South Africa’s emergency housing programme: A prism of urban contest.

Liza Rose Cirolia (2014). South Africa’s Emergency Housing Programme: A prism of urban contest. Development Southern Africa, Volume 31,  Issue 3, pages 397-411.

The Emergency Housing Programme (EHP) is an important subsidy tool in South Africa. The EHP was designed to realise the right to housing and ensure that municipalities rapidly respond to emergency housing situations. However, the programme’s implementation has been harshly critiqued by activists, academics, and even other state departments, for a range of valid reasons. This paper explores the findings of a year-long research project consisting mainly of case studies, interviews, workshops and policy review aimed at understanding these criticisms. The research found that the EHP implementers are constrained by conflicted urban development imperatives that include: systemic housing demand, building investment-friendly and efficient cities, and other developmental programmes. This paper argues for a reading of the implementation of EHP as problematic prioritisation, rather than simply one of poor provision. In this way, EHP serves as a prism for urban contest and advocate for more strategic, holistic, and progressive urban decision-making.

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Publication Type Journal article
Publisher Development Southern Africa
Year 2014
Author(s) Liza Rose Cirolia
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One Response to “South Africa’s emergency housing programme: A prism of urban contest.”

  1. Gladys

    Please send me more information about EHP


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