n Institute for Security Studies Papers - There shall be houses, security and comfort

Volume 2009, Issue 196
  • ISSN : 1026-0404



This paper outlines the centrality of housing to sustainable livelihoods within the context of human security. It challenges orthodox conceptions of security as primarily a matter of state sovereignty by advancing security concerns of individuals and groups below the level of the state, through an argument that centers on human security. It presents an argument for the value of adequate shelter to human security and presents South Africa's national housing subsidy programme as a development imperative on which progressive realization of the reconstruction agenda is predicated. It also discusses the primacy of security of tenure within the context of the contemporary mortgage-induced international financial crisis.

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