The Batikent Project provides 50,000 dwelling units on a co-operative basis to lower and middle-income groups. It demonstrates how large new towns can be rapidly and successfully built, using the self-help efforts of the people and with positive support from the government. It provides a viable alternative to the haphazard squatter settlements which continue to multiply in and around so many of the world’s cities and gives an example of how such results can be quickly achieved if all sectors of the community, including the young people, are involved in its implementation.


NGO, private sector, local government, national government