Title: Housing projects for low-income groups and modes of economic integration: a comparative study in Greater Cairo
Authors: Abouelmagd, Doaa ×
Kesteloot, Chris
Corijn, Eric #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Series Title: Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie vol:104 issue:4 pages:456-477
Abstract: The housing of low-income groups in Greater Cairo has always been difficult. However, the
general shortage in housing supply is contrasting with the low occupancy rate of newly constructed
public housing units. In contrast, despite their bad living conditions, informal settlements have a
high occupancy rate. In order to analyse the reasons behind this contradiction, the paper
compares four neighbourhoods ranging from formal and semi-informal to informal housing
production and including one rehabilitation project. The livelihood conditions in each settlement
are unravelled with the concept of modes of economic integration from Polanyi. For this purpose,
semi-structured interviews were conducted and analysed with correspondence analysis. The
findings indicate a preference among low-income groups for informal settlements because of
three reasons: the advantages of geographical location, the nature of social networks and the
strength of private redistribution systems, thus enabling an easier access to means of existence.
The results and recommendations are further discussed in the paper
ISSN: 0040-747X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Geography & Tourism
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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