Dorcas Oluwaseyi Adeoye
Housing development is a complex system involving series of linked stages (preparation, production and servicing) and a number of key actors (public, private formal and informal sectors). Existing researches are mostly on housing demand and supply to the neglect of gender differentials in housing development process even when women constitute over 50 percent of the entire population and dominate the urban informal sector. This study, therefore, examined the underlying factors that enhance
participation in housing development processes among the two gender groups (male and female) during such development processes in SouthWest Nigeria. Cross-sectional survey design was adopted while multistage sampling technique was adopted. A structured questionnaire was randomly administered to 1,090 respondents comprising 794 males and 296 females. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics, factor analysis and t-test to show the factors that influence both male and female
in participating in housing development process and possible significant difference between male and female involvement in housing development processes. Males constituted 72.8% of respondents; 84% earned above N18, 000.00 per month. The results also revealed that ‘Cultural and Religious factors (26.072%, Family Obligations and Responsibilities (22.678%), and Economic factors (21.362%) among others are the major factors influencing the involvement of both male and female in urban
informal housing development. There is significant difference between male and female involvement in housing development process as men participated more in South-western Nigeria. Strategies were proposed to enhance participation of both males and females in informal housing development process in the region.