Flexible design and construction strategies for self-help housing in Botswana

K. Jobe, C. J .K. Williams

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In an effort to coordinate the housing schemes from different departments, Government of the Republic of Botswana took a decision to establish Single Housing Authority (SiHA) through a Presidential Cabinet Directive CAB20 (B) 2010 in July 2010. Previously, these schemes were designed and built by the local councils, with the help of the local builders and house owners. A review of the architect designed and contractor-led housing projects under this scheme, demonstrate the shortcomings of a standardized housing design approach and the need to develop a flexible design strategies that can respond to the inevitable changes associated with low-income housing. A qualitative case study research of Self-Help Housing Agency (SHHA)’s built houses was conducted in Mochudi (Botswana) to explore potential strategies of improving the current self-help housing design processes. Using case study examples from Mochudi, a systematic and flexible design framework is suggested as an economically viable approach to improve the quality of self-help housing design processes that reduce costly changes which are associated with the current government-funded housing schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-394
Number of pages14
JournalThe Open Construction and Building Technology Journal
Issue numbersuppl. 3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Botswana
  • Flexible design
  • Low-income
  • Self-help housing
  • SiHA


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