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Developing National Housing Strategies: Lessons Learned from Barbados, Jamaica, Jordan and Kenya

  • Raymond J. Struyk

Abstract

The magnitude of the housing problems in developing countries is well-known in general and in the past few years they have been quite accurately documented in about twenty nations using the Housing Needs Assessment Model developed by the US AID Office of Housing and Urban Programs. A recent study estimates that developing countries as a group must produce about 45 million additional units of minimally acceptable quality each year in the years immediately ahead if they are to meet their housing needs. The rough estimate of the corresponding annual investment is $130 billion or about 5.8 per cent of their combined Gross National Product. Low-income countries, as defined by the World Bank, must produce two-thirds of the housing units at a cost of about $24 billion (Struyk, 1987, Annex E).

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Lower Income Household Housing Program Senior Official Small Investor Housing Problem 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond J. Struyk
    • 1
  1. 1.The Urban InstituteUSA

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