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The incremental development approach to the provision of low-cost housing for poor people is an approach that involves building up a development slowly as the people themselves raise the money to pay for the development.
Typically, governments try "sites and services" plans where the government tries to provide full homes with all services already in place. However, such plans have a number of problems. The incremental development approach is designed to solve some of those problems. Incremental development schemes provide poor people with a very small house with few amenities. Or they might just provide land and running water. From there, the beneficiaries are expected to save money. As they save, they come to be able to afford more and more services. This allows the poor people to gradually build up their housing and, at the same time, to feel a sense of equity in what they have. It also motivates them to save more money since their savings translate into better housing for them.
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