Report to the joint intergovernmental regional committee on human settlements and environment on implementation of the regional project for the development of building materials industries in Africa
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The programme of work and priorities of the Economic Commission for Africa is directed towards strengthening the indigenous construction sector through improved transfer of appropriate technology, the development of indigenous skills and towards establishing commercial small-scale production units of selected local building materials which will have direct beneficial impact on housing rural population and the urban poor. If these poorer sections of the community are to be helped to build structurally durable and functionally adequate houses, the focus of attention should be on the provisions of suitable building materials to them at a cost they will be able to bear. The materials should be such as are available locally and that do not require much specialized skill in their use.