The editors owe a special debt to a number of people and institutions. At Routledge, Casey Mein and Sarah Carty are owed particular thanks for their patience as firm deadlines became moving targets. The ODA (now DfID) provided a grant to conduct research on ‘The Impact of Finance Reform on Housing Markets in Botswana and South Africa’ (ESCOR R6376).
An earlier version of Robert M. Buckley’s chapter appeared as chapters 11 and 12 in Housing Finance in Developing Countries (1996) published by Macmillan. Some of the material presented in the chapter by Katherine V. Gough is reprinted from Habitat International, vol. 20, Katherine V. Gough, ‘Self-help housing in urban Colombia: alternatives for the production and distribution of building materials’, 635-51 (1996) with kind permission from Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington OX5 1GB. Material presented in the chapter by Kwame Addae-Dapaah is reprinted from Habitat International, Vol.20. K. Addae-Dapaah and K.M. Leong ‘Housing finance for the ageing Singapore population: the potential of the home equity conversion scheme’, 109-20 (1996) and vol. 20. K. Addae-Dapaah and K.M. Leong ‘Housing finance for the ageing Singapore population: the potential of creative housing finance schemes’, 625-34 (1996) also with kind permission of Elsevier Science Ltd.