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Baan Mankong: Going to Scale with “Slum” and Squatter Upgrading in Thailand

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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Language:English
Keywords:Government, National & regional actors, Poverty, Shelter and housing, Urban
Countries:Thailand
Author(s):Boonyabancha, S.
Date published:1 April 2005
Publisher:Environment and Urbanization Journal
Pages:26pp

This paper describes the ambitious national slum and squatter
upgrading programme launched by the Thai government in 2003 and implemented
through the Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI).
The programme centres on providing infrastructure subsidies and housing loans
to low-income communities to support upgrading in situ wherever possible and,
if not, to develop new homes close by. Support is provided not only to community
organizations formed by the urban poor for projects but also to their
networks, to allow them to work with city authorities and other local actors and
with national agencies on city-wide upgrading programmes. It seeks to “go to
scale “ by supporting thousands of community-driven initiatives within citywide
programmes designed and managed by urban poor networks working in
partnership with local actors. The paper gives some background information
about CODI and its predecessor the Urban Community Development Office,
before describing the national upgrading programme.

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