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Local NGO prepares new measurement for housing

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka (HFHSL) has launched the 2009 version of Defining Indicators to Measure Adequate Housing in Sri Lanka as part of its activities to commemorate World Habitat Day.
His booklet which was sponsored by TEARFUND UK is a culmination of three years of research and data analysis and encapsulates the identifying and defining of a set of indicators which can assess adequate housing within Sri Lankan circumstances, the NGO said.

The booklet’s overall objective is to raise the standard of adequate housing while expanding and deepening its overall understanding among policy makers and stakeholders who operate in the poverty housing spectrum. HFHSL together with experts from NGOs, INGO’s and other institutions first drafted a set of indicators. This was then tested in the field by Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC) under the guidance of Professor Hettige in seven Gramaseva Niladhari Divisions across four districts.

The indicators that define adequate housing are habitability, durability, location, access to safe water, access to solid waste management, access to storm water management, access to electricity/energy/fuel, access to common resources, affordability and security of tenure. The booklet also specifies and identifies the data and research behind identifying these indicators while also specifying the potential barriers that have to be overcome to provide adequate housing in Sri Lanka.

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