Bamboo has a long history as a building material in many parts of the world. It is light, strong and easy to grow. In spite of these advantages, it is widely perceived as a temporary, poor man’s material. However, with careful specification and design, safe,
secure and durable bamboo shelter is achievable at a price that is within reach of even the poorest communities in developing countries. INBAR, through its housing extension activities, has sought to increase awareness of these possibilities in Ghana. Working closely with TRADA, a plan for south-to-south transfer of bamboo building technology was drawn up with the support of the British High Commission in Ghana. The first phase of the transfer has seen two main activities: 1) A bamboo housing workshop; 2) the construction of a demonstration bamboo school. Proceedings of the Bamboo Housing Workshop. WITC, Kumasi, Ghana. March 31 to April 4, 2003.