Housing and development
In the context of applying a development policy, programmes implemented by government and non-government organizations aim not only to produce buildings, but also to have a spin-off effect on people's socioeconomic situation. Apart from the requirements of housing programmes, job creation and the preferential use of local raw and building materials are the main technical objectives that building with arches, vaults and cupolas can meet perfectly.
Preliminary surveys, as well as various stages of experimentation and training, will ensure a successful implementation. Where no tradition exists, preliminary surveys represent a significant investment. As a result, organizations play a major role, as sufficiently wide programmes enable this investment to be amortized.
The implementation of a building programme should always form part of a development approach and strategy. In all cases, the professional training which is given during project implementation is an asset which ca n benefit the whole community. Involving local tradesmen, entrepreneurs, architects, engineers and draftsmen, ensures the possibility of spontaneous and correct replication of the building models proposed and their dissemination.
Spontaneous replication of models is a sign of a development projects success; Woodless construction programme, Niger