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Title: A Contractual Participation: Self-Help Housing in Sri Lanka's Plantation Sector
Authors: Chang, Diana
Keywords: self-help housing, tea plantation, Sri Lanka
Issue Date: 4-May-2010
Abstract: In the early to mid-1990s, the self-help approach to housing was formally implemented in the RPC-managed plantation sector of Sri Lanka through various social welfare programs. The aided self-help method has since then lasted as a major ‘default’ model for addressing estate housing. However, a study on key elements of these specific self-help housing projects reveals the way they are influenced by systemic features of the plantation and its standard norms, which direct the design of such housing schemes. There are some major weaknesses with the current self-help model, as such housing projects have been designed that do not engage the full potential of user participation, while gaining from the process by tying the beneficiary to the estate in the long term both financially and physically. This indentures the beneficiary both financially due to long-term debt (specifically to a corporation), and physically because of mandatory occupation by the participating household. Such shortcomings stem from an effort to maintain corporate interests while attempting to benefit workers through the use of self-help methodology. Therefore, this study attempts to explore how the incongruity between self-help ideals of participation and estate style top-down management have contributed to the way self-help is done in the estates.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24417
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