Enhancing Resilient Housing in Informal Settlements of Lusaka


Authors : Mululu Chirwa; Chongo Kaulule

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 9 - September

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7159160

Resilient housing in informal settlements implies adaptability for a sustained access to proper housing. Establishing the ability of housing to withstand vulnerabilities in informal settlements can help the majority of people in the world because most people live in urban informal settlements, which are, places of unplanned houses below minimum standards as defined by the Hedonic House Pricing (HHP). This study considers Lusaka’s Kalingalinga and Mtendere East informal settlements where, a total stratified sample of 60 households, 30 from each area were studied. Findings reveal that; intention to extend houses, improvision, social cash transfers, and involvement in community action are the most important grassroot initiatives in the two settlements. A one-way ANOVA 2 sample variant test at alpha level 0.5, 1 tailed, indicates greater potential for enhancing resilient housing in the two settlements using variables such as; intention to extend, space for upward adjustment, proximity to service pipes, and improvisions. Meanwhile, despite such potential, the statistical(ANOVA) test has also revealed that the existing housing situation (that is below minimum planning standards) has not improved despite the existence of such grassroot initiatives. Therefore, the paper has sought to resolve this aberration by reconciling grassroot initiatives with institutional arrangements using an integrated planning approach known as Polycentric Planning Strategy (PPS). To achieve this, a system of interlinkage has been mapped out, connecting existing grassroot initiatives and structures with planning authorities and other stakeholders to raise solutions for enhanced resilient housing in informal settlements.

Keywords : Resilience, Grassroot Initiatives, Housing, Integration.

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