Incremental Housing Project in Dodoma, TanzaniaBack To Projects
The Dodoma Housing project is the first community based housing scheme in the region. Land was purchased by the Federation in Dodoma, the seat of parliament and regional capital of Tanzania. Construction of 75 incremental houses (construction is contingent on beneficiaries paying for each section built) and 75 housing upgrades are planned. To date, 40 houses are in various stages of construction. As in the Chamazi Housing Project, affordable materials such as interlocking compressed cement soil blocks and sisal fibre roof tiles are used for construction. Throughout this project the Federation enhanced both its skills and capacity to manage the construction process. Community members contributed down payments for land and have been involved in trench digging, pouring cement, and casual labour. The project is managed by the Federation through the Sejeseje housing cooperative. A board of 6 Federation members was formed to coordinate technical teams from Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI), Capital Development Authority (CDA), and the local Municipality. Infrastructure provided in the project includes water connections to the site. This was done by the Dodoma Urban Water and Sewerage Authority (DUWASA).
The CDA has expressed the need to learn more about the affordable housing scheme and have visited the Federation in Dodoma. The Ministry of Housing and Lands provided technicians during the planning and design of the project. Both this and the Chamazi housing project have influenced policy change regarding densification and minimization of plot sizes. However, even though relationships between the local and central government and the Alliance (the Federation and CCI) have improved, the central government has not allocated funds for the project. Green Fields projects, such as this, present serious affordability challenges for communities. Thus the Federation is considering in situ housing development (meaning construction would occur in already existing settlements).Location: Chingombe, Dodoma, Tanzania
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Project information updated: 21 February 2014
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