Problems in translating NGO successes into government settlement policy: illustrations from Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica

  • Mohammed A
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This paper describes the case of Sou-Sou Land, a non-government programme that developed many new settle- ments for low-income households in Trinidad and Tobago based upon community mobilization, self-help, appropriate standards and incremental development within the context of comprehen- sive settlements. It considers the NGO’s effectiveness and the later problems in implementing its philosophy when its approach was accepted as state policy. Finally, it reviews the current rel- evance of the approach in the region including its relevance for a similar programme in Jamaica called Operation PRIDE (Pro- gramme for Resettlement and Integrated Development Enter- prises). By way of introduction, the paper reviews the conditions in Trinidad and Tobago and parts of the English Caribbean that gave rise to the Sou-Sou Land movement.

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