Supporting Incremental Neighborhood and Housing Development

         The Bank’s knowledge and discourse on housing policy, in particular on incremental housing, have gradually retreated. Outside the Bank, few if any study has taken a holistic approach and investigated incremental housing policies in operational details. This study revisited incremental housing approaches and developed a Guide to consolidate global experiences on incremental housing development.


         The main activity of this study is development of a ready-to-use Guide based on global experience. Case studies of two pilot cities – Jinja in Uganda and Malabon city in the Phillippines – were conducted to provide practical implications to the Guide development. A review on Korea’s The Guide aims to provide a practical guidance for local governments to implement incremental housing development which can be led by individual households or by a group. The Guide is structured into eight modules. Each module includes several headlines with practical points of departure for the understanding and support of the incremental affordable housing processes. In addition, instructive examples and references for further consultation are provided.


         The Guide has been developed in tandem with pilot testing case studies. Pilot testing is important to make the Guide applicable and practical in actual implementation. The case studies of two pilot cities and the review of the Korean experience in the implications for leadership and community participation were implemented and also reflected to the Guide development as supporting examples, such as the Joint Redevelopment Program of Korea for stakeholder mapping, the activity of savings groups in Uganda as an self-help group, etc. The other way round, guidelines from the Guide have been applied to the case studies. For example, the establishment of the Self-Reliance Centers (SRC) in Uganda has been significantly guided through the Guide. Moreover, the Uganda and Philippines case studies have been conducted according to the implementation steps introduced in the Guide. The main results of these case studies are reflected as textboxes throughout this document.