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ELEMENTS OF CONTEXT
Sierra Leone is a country rich in valuable natural resources, including diamonds. However, a decade of brutal civil war has ravaged the country, leaving 50,000 people dead, countless amputees and many more people displaced. The country has plummeted to one of the poorest in the world and is hugely reliant on international aid.
Since peace was declared in 2002, Sierra Leone has faced the huge challenge of reconstruction. Parts of the country remain without electricity or running water and huge piles of rubbish can be seen on the streets. To add to the country’s problems, in July 2005 a massive flood caused many more citizens to lose their homes.
Normal life is gradually being restored, but for most, survival is still a struggle. Unemployment is high and living conditions are poor, with tin shacks being commonplace and five or six people often living in one room.
Source : Habitat for Humanity
HISTORY OF CITIES – HERITAGE
RIGHT TO HOUSING
SOME INTERESTING PRACTICES
Social and economic aspects
QUALITY OF HOUSING
INFORMAL HOUSING / SLUM / HOMELESS
ROLE OF PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
Cultural aspects – Religious – Symbolic
Bibliography & Sitography
MAJOR PROBLEMS BY CIVIL SOCIETY
CLAIMS MAJOR CIVIL SOCIETY
CIVIL SOCIETY ACTORS
FEDERATION OF URBAN AND RURAL POOR – FEDURP = founded in 2011, the federation promote savings schemes with a lot of households. Over time the federation has built strong relationships with local government offices, along with the private and public sector. These relationships have resulted in both the Mayor and the Chief Administrator (CA) registering their support of the federation’s work. Website
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SIERRA LEONE = had a working partnership with World Relief since 2005, but the partnership came to an end in 2006. During this period, Habitat for Humanity and World Relief managed to house 600 returning refugees in the district of Kailahun. This project also included those families who were in temporary housing in one of the communities worst hit by the floods which struck in 2005. Participation by families in rebuilding their own, permanent homes provided them with not only a physical but psychological anchor to face the daunting challenge of re-establishing livelihoods lost after so many years in exile and conflict. Website