Strong Citizens: Informed and Apt to Build their Spaces in the Spirit of Resilience in Urban Zimbabwe


  • Samson Mhizha
  • Richman Kokera
  • Jacqualine Chivasa


crises, capital, housing building, adaptation, management


Despite homelessness, spiralled by the economic and political crises in urban areas of Zimbabwe, urban citizens engaged in resilience strategies in accessing affordable housing in urban areas. But, little has been theorised on the homeless poor strategies in accessing low-cost urban housing. it is against this backdrop that the article seeks to explore the resilience strategies that the urban poor have employed in accessing housing in urban areas. The article is premised on the resilience theory in the face of adversity during economic and political crises that Zimbabwe has gone through. It engaged in desktop research that involved reviewing secondary data on the topic. The resilience strategies employed include human capital, financial capital, social capital, agency, political currency and informality. Nonetheless, some of urban dwellers face vulnerabilities, including having their houses demolished and being defrauded by con artists. The resilience strategies show that urban dwellers are apt and resilient in accessing housing in the context of economic and social crises.