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Concurso de Inspirational practices

Inspirational practices Contest

The Inspiring Practices Contest Module was designed to identify, document, disseminate and exchange projects that promote housing and suitable habitats as drivers of sustainable urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean, in the framework of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

Contests are held periodically according to a specific demand, and especially before the Housing and Habitat Forums that take place each year.

  • Identify
  • Document
  • Disseminate
  • Exchange

Ganadores

Winners

Inspiring Practices Contest 2018
Housing at the center of the New Urban Agenda

We would like to congratulate the 29 winners of this contest and thank the nearly 300 projects that participated. Selected projects will be awarded and exhibited in the 3rd Forum to be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on June 2018.

  • Building confidence in the areas affected by the FENC (Acronym in Spanish for the El Niño Costero Phenomenon)
    Peru
    Building confidence in the areas affected by the FENC (Acronym in Spanish for the El Niño Costero Phenomenon)
    Peru
    Organization: Fundación Microfinanzas BBVA

    Context

    Issues:
    Peru is the country most widely affected by El Niño Coastal Phenomenon (FENC) annually. In addition to this, the high concentration of people, location and land quality, increase the vulnerability of many people. There were more than 17.000 collapsed homes by the FENC in 2017.

    Project objective:
    To promote local economic development by improving the homes of vulnerable entrepreneurs, whose homes usually operate as businesses. The initiative includes sustainable construction and financial solutions, technical assistance and training in Disaster Risk Reduction.

    Scope: Nationwide, specifically, Trujillo, Chiclayo and Piura

    Results

    Achieved Results:
    1,500 customers with credit for housing improvements since January 2018;
    2,500 families aware of disaster issues since March 2018;
    360 master builders trained since March 2018;
    Training of actors and clients from the areas with respect to construction materials, plans and budget.

    Expected Results:
    15,000 people directly and indirectly benefited by December 2018
    To implement a sustainable support model in housing improvement
    To increase community resistance against possible emergencies
    To continue promoting local economic development, specifically in construction, through trainings for hardware stores and master builders. The goal is training 64 hardware stores in marketing during 2018 and 360 master builders in construction techniques.

    Person/contact: Giovana Lozada Márquez/ giovana.lozada@confianza.pe

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  • Building Resilience and Capacities for Emerging Disasters (BRACED) in Precarious Settlements
    Jamaica
    Building Resilience and Capacities for Emerging Disasters (BRACED) in Precarious Settlements
    Jamaica
    Organization: Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)

    Context

    Issues:
    Portmore is a coastal town, 13 km from the country's capital. The municipality has several precarious urban settlements: informal occupation of land, streets impeding transit, poor state of housing complexes, lack of infrastructure for water and sanitation services and a dysfunctional system of solid waste collection and management. The entire area is highly exposed to natural hazards; the high vulnerability of many of its settlements makes disaster risk extremely high.

    Project objective:
    To increase resilience of the most vulnerable households and neighborhoods through the creation of conditions for neighborhood enhancement, with a disaster risk reduction focus: community infrastructure, housing, water and sanitation, waste management, community organization, urban planning.

    Scope: Municipal, neighborhoods of the municipality of Portmore

    Results

    Achieved Results:

    • More than 550 houses integrate improvements and low-cost safe construction techniques, serving as a model for communities
    • 21 demonstration toilets with technology that does not require a built sewer network.
    • More than 3,300 persons benefited thanks to solid waste management improvement
    • More than 720 people participate in disaster preparedness trainings
    • 500 homes begin the land tenure regularization process
    • Empowered committees and grassroots associations and local leadership, and construction of a community resource center;

    Expected Results:

    • To advance in pilot practices that show effective methods for disaster risk mitigation, and that these are able to have an impact on inclusive policies for the most vulnerable populations.

    Person/contact: Javier Cidón/ jcidon@habitat.org

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  • Casafin
    Panama
    Casafin
    Panama
    Organization: Microserfin, an entity of Fundación Microfinanzas BBVA

    Context

    Issues:
    Panama has a national housing shortage of 136,665 homes, and a qualitative shortage of 76,650 homes that require repair or that lack the basic safety and sanitary conditions, according to the Ministry of Housing and Territorial Planning of Panama (2010). Casafin is designed for Panamanian families living on less than USD 250 per month, and who are excluded from the banking sector and mortgage credit.

    Project objective:
    To implement a program for the construction and the progressive improvement of homes belonging to entrepreneurs in vulnerable conditions. It is executed by providing credit and constructive technical assistance for financing construction works and improvements, especially in those buildings that also serve for the commercial activities of the beneficiaries.

    Scope: Nationwide, Panama.

    Results

    Alcanzados:

    • Mejoramiento de la calidad de vida de 1.455 emprendedores de bajos ingresos, 59% mujeres, desde el  inicio del proyecto en Mayo 2012 hasta el 31 de diciembre;
    • Saldo de cartera vigente de Casafin ascendía a USD 1,823,497. Durante 2017 ha beneficiado indirectamente a 2,808 personas de bajos ingresos adicionales (2,500 familiares y 308 empleados);
    • Mejorías en la productividad de los negocios al facilitar mayores espacios y condiciones para el desarrollo de actividades comerciales y/o productivas;
    • Mejoras sustantivas de las viviendas desde la seguridad, saneamiento, comodidad y funcionalidad.

     Esperados:

    • Otorgar 1280 créditos hasta finales de 2018 a familias de escasos recursos en situación de vulnerabilidad, a nivel nacional, reforzando el compromiso de atención al sector emprendedor de Panamá, con tasas competitivas en el mercado, siendo la única entidad de Microfinanzas en Panamá, que ofrece el Producto de mejora de vivienda productiva;

               Persona/contacto: Kira Gardellini/ kira.gardellini@microserfin.com 

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  • Comprehensive Improvement of the Habitat with Local Women Entrepreneurs
    Nicaragua
    Comprehensive Improvement of the Habitat with Local Women Entrepreneurs
    Nicaragua
    Organization: Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua

    Context

    Issues:
    The municipality of Estelí is located 150 km from Managua; its urban area is divided into three districts, District III being the most vulnerable. Statistics from 2010 applied to 13 neighborhoods of District III showed that 45% of households lived in extreme poverty, in settlements without streets and sanitary sewer network; 25% of homes were inadequate and 37% of homes had single mothers as head of households.

    Project objective:
    To contribute to the social and economic integration of District III inhabitants of the city of Estelí in 13 neighborhoods, prioritizing women entrepreneurs, improving the infrastructure of their business areas currently located in precarious homes, and strengthening entrepreneurship capability and progressive family and community habitat improvement.

    Scope: Municipal, city of Estelí, District III

    Results

    Achieved Results:
    469 enhanced homes, 101 of which are new;
    9 risk mitigation works built;
    50 workers in the construction sector employed;
    706 persons (93% women) trained in: safe homes, entrepreneurship, financial education, healthy homes, among others.
    Intervention in the 13 neighborhoods of District III benefits 10% of total households and homes in these neighborhoods, 15.5% of households in poverty, 26% of households led by women and 43% of households with economic activities.

    Expected Results:
    To continue strengthening entrepreneurship capability, business management and progressive family and community habitat improvement of the neighborhoods of Estelí;
    Creation of partnerships and synergies among local actors; social mobilization for habitat improvement; local economy boosting;

    Person/contact: Nancy Aróstegui Sánchez/ narostegui@habitatnicaragua.org

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  • Eco-Efficiency Tool
    Ecuador
    Eco-Efficiency Tool
    Ecuador
    Organization: Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito - Territory, Habitat and Housing Department (MDMQ)

    Context

    Issues:
    For the city of Quito, transport-generated emissions impact the ecological footprint of the city in a large percentage. This situation is aggravated by rapid growth and an intense real estate expansion towards rural and peri-urban peripheral areas, forcing its inhabitants to commute for long periods of time. For this reason, it has become necessary to create a tool that optimizes public transport for the Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito (MDMQ), driving Quito to become a more compact, diverse, and efficient city.

    Project objective:
    MDMQ has developed a tool that aims at the transformation of Quito into a more dense, compact and diverse city, especially in urban areas directly influenced by integrated public transport systems. The tool allows for an increase of buildable areas in height, beyond the height established in the Land Use and Occupation Plan, for new buildings to be deployed in areas close to public transport systems, and which comply with environmentally responsible design parameters. These parameters are aimed at using resources efficiently, such as water and energy, as well as at contributions in the areas of seismic safety and bioclimatic design. In addition, the tool seeks to be an incentive for the real estate sector while generating resources for the MDMQ.

    Scope: Metropolitan, Metropolitan District of Quito

    Results

    Achieved Results

    • 16 approved buildings with an increase in buildability (average of 5 floors) , approximately 1,000 homes, raising approximately USD 3.5 million, from the purchase of the buildability increase license to favor walkable distances of high-capacity public transport.

    Expected Results:

    • 7 buildings are in approval process; 10 more buildings are expected d by the end of 2018, for a total of 17 extra buildings.
    • USD 7.2 million are expected to be generated by the end of 2018, reaching 11 million by 2019/2020. Significant funds for financing priority works and urban improvements for the city.
    • By means of the parameters applied in the Herramienta de Eco-Eficiencia ("Eco-Efficiency Tool"), there is a total of 16 approved buildings which, when inhabited, will reach the following optimization and efficiency:
    • Approximately 371,047 temporarily retained liters of rain water, which will not enter the sewerage system in cases of extreme rain, thus avoiding flooding in the most resistant areas of the city; A total saving of 215,856 liters of drinking water per person per day is estimated, thanks to gray water and rain water treatment and reuse systems;
    • The emission of 23,579 tons of CO2eq will be avoided by means of energy-saving and energy generation strategies, which lessen the impact of the ecological footprint of the city;
    • Approximately 10% of the usable area of buildings will be multi-purpose;
    • 20% of the ground floor area and building roofs will have a native and adaptive plant cover in the city of Quito.

    Person/Contact: Roberto Jose Madera/roberto.madera@quito.gob.e

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  • EcoCasa program
    Mexico
    EcoCasa program
    Mexico
    Organization: Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (SHF)

    Context

    Issues:
    Mexico has a housing shortage of 9.2 million homes, of which 59.7% demand a procurement solution. Conversely, the housing sector is responsible for approximately 14.2% of the total energy consumption and 323.9% of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions.

    Project objective:
    To contribute to the efforts for tackling climate change through the financing of homes built with energy efficiency and which reduce CO2 emissions, thus transforming construction standards and fostering an energy-efficient housing market. Loans are granted to companies that build bioclimatic designs, that favor technological innovation and the use of sustainable construction materials.

    Scope: Nationwide

    Results

    Achieved Results

    • Funding of 44,034 homes granted since 2013;
    • Certification of 9,005 additional homes with the EcoCasa standard, adding up to a total of 53,039 homes that will reduce 1.5 Mt CO2 in 40 years starting in 2013;
    • Coordination with 72 developers, who executed 191 projects in 22 states in the country until December 2017;

    Expected Results

    • More than 200,000 Mexicans with access to the EcoCasas program, financed and/or certified by 2017; 240,000 Mexicans are expected to be benefited by 2023.
    • To help in decreasing families' energy consumption and waste by at least 20 %;
    • To contribute to transform the real estate markets' construction standards, promoting more energy-efficient and sustainable homes; it is expected to fund 60,000 homes by 2023, which account for over 2.0 Mt CO2 mitigated throughout 40 years of service life.

    Person/contact: Andrea Hernandez/ achernandez@shf.gob.mx

    Source: Energy Information System, Energy Department, 2016. National Emissions Inventory, National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change, 2013)

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  • Fill a bottle with love
    Colombia
    Fill a bottle with love
    Colombia
    Organization: Fundación llena una botella de amor

    Context

    Issues:
    Around 208 million tons of plastic waste are generated per year worldwide; according to the IDB in Latin America and the Caribbean the amount of plastic waste is of 43,000 tons per day, and 3,000 daily tons of plastic bags and jars are generated in Colombia, of which only 5% is recycled. Also, a significant percentage of the world population is affected by housing shortage, urban deprivation and lack of environmental management in vulnerable neighborhoods.

    Project objective:
    To implement a project to build homes using recycled plastics collected through a social strategy consisting of involving educational institutions worldwide, so children, youngsters and their families fill plastic bottles with all kinds of bags and packaging at the institution and in their homes.

    Scope: Regional, Latin America.

    Results

    Achieved Results:

    • Training of 50 companies and 26 schools (2,700 individuals) in socioenvironmental education.
    • Recycling of 277 tons of plastic waste in the last two (2) years
    • Development of 10 libraries, 5 dining tables, 5 ecological points, 3 children’s parks and 3 houses using plastic waste

    Expected Results

    • To build 4,000,000 homes in Latin America and 300,000 homes in Colombia over the next 10 years.
    • To strengthen the institutional framework for the development of environmental education alliances and strategies
    • To reinforce institutional resources management for giving sustainability to the project;
    • To continue contributing to carbon footprint mitigation at national and international levels.

    Person/contact: John Berrío López/ director@llenaunabotelladeamor.org

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  • Impact Debenture for home improvements
    Brazil
    Impact Debenture for home improvements
    Brazil
    Organization: Programa Vivenda

    Context

    Issues:
    Brazil has about 12 million inadequate homes* and few initiatives in the public, private and social sector aimed at tackling this problem. Lack of market interest, along with the lack of collateral of the most vulnerable population, are impediments for financing reforms for this target group.

    Project objective:
    To lever the supply of a complete package of accommodation improvements at affordable prices, including technical assistance, labor, materials, and financing with low interest by means of the debt instrument (debenture).

    Scope: Statewide, cities in the state of São Paulo and Campinas with nationwide potential

    Results

    Achieved Result

    • Development of the first social impact debenture in the country;

    Expected Results

    • To finance accommodation improvements for 8,000 low-income families with interest rates lower than the market;
    • Financial yield of 7% for debenture investors, profits above this amount will finance reforms for the population unable to pay for improvements;
    • To Be a financing and mixed investment model ("blended finance") in the housing sector at the national level;
    • To contribute to the formation of credit literature for that market, creating a new precedent for this investment;
    • To re-apply this debt mechanism in other cities in the country and region;

    Person/contact: Fernando Assad/ fernando@programavivenda.com.br

    *Source: BRASIL, Ministério das Cidades– Secretaria Nacional de Habitação. (2011) Déficit Habitacional no Brasil 2008. Brasilia: Ministério das Cidades. Disponível em: < http://www.fjp.gov.br/index.php/servicos/81-servicos-cei/70-deficit-habi...

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  • Improving the living conditions of the inhabitants of a marginal urban area
    Peru
    Improving the living conditions of the inhabitants of a marginal urban area
    Peru
    Organization: Asociación Mano a Mano, Peru

    Context

    Context/issues:
    Lima is a vulnerable city facing climate change, exposed to earthquakes and El Niño phenomenon. Seventy percent of the city is built in an informal fashion. The project is being implemented in the village of Ensenada, located on the slopes of the desert hills, composed of 36 communities and 40,000 inhabitants. Most houses are located in dangerous, friable and unsafe areas, with several socio-economic challenges ahead.

    Project objective:
    To improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of La Ensenada through the training of a group of women, mostly single mothers living in extreme poverty, who work collaboratively in the construction of retaining walls, gardens and public spaces that improve the living conditions of the community and, in addition, provide security against risks posed by creeks and earthquakes. Eco-friendly construction techniques and anti-seismic construction principles are used.

    Scope: Municipal, with focus on the northern area of the city of Lima.

    Results

    Achieved Results:

    • Training of women (single mothers) in masonry, blueprint reading and plumbing
    • 50% of project funds are generated with own resources, and 50% are public and private
    • Home building on solid foundations; household production of vegetables and fruits in gardens, decrease in violence and better relations among neighbors.
    • Improvement in structuring and managing other projects with the municipality (for example, asphalt)

    Expected Results:

    • Construction of 80% of the green areas of Jazmines de la Ensenada community throughout 12 years of the project;
    • Enhancing the environment and creating new public spaces of neighborhood coexistence, improving neighborhood safety;
    • Driving social inclusion and economic development;

    Person/contact: Marion Verdiere/ manoamanoperou@gmail.com

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  • Juan Bosch City
    Dominican Republic
    Juan Bosch City
    Dominican Republic
    Organization: Presidential Commission for the Development of the Trust Mortgage Market of the Dominican Republic

    Context

    Issues:
    Santo Domingo Este is the capital of Santo Domingo province. In the province of Santo Domingo there is limited access to decent and affordable homes in sustainable and socially integrated human settlements, which mainly affects low-income families.

    Project objective:
    to provide middle-income and lower-middle income families with the mechanisms for acquiring proper, safe and affordable housing, in urbanized land and with access to basic utilities, through a public-private partnership supported by an independent trust.

    Scope: Municipal, Santo Domingo Este, Santo Domingo province.

    Results

    Achieved Results:

    • 22.056 homes awarded, of which 3,032 are currently under construction, 3,232 are finished, and 1,042 are occupied;
    • Public facilities: Hospital, Primary and Secondary Schools, Firemen and Police Station, Urban Vegetable Garden. Amenities nearby;
    • Public transport service with buses in a project-exclusive corridor has mobilized 504,838 passengers during the first quarter of 2018;
    • 1325 km of paved roads, 12.58 kilometers of sanitary sewer, and 92% progress in the first elevated water tank, of 6,000 m3. There are 17.49 kilometers of installed power lines and public lighting.

    Expected Results:

    • Renewable Energy Park and an Ecological Park, in addition to minor recreational areas and sports areas under development;
    • To promote comprehensive urban development, with urban services provided bt the state, social facilities and public green and recreational space reserves, for the development of 25,000 homes and shopping plazas, through a public-private partnership, with an offer that ensures the sustainability of the complex, improving quality of life for residents and contributing to the metropolitan development of Santo Domingo.

    Person/contact: Carmen Karina Negrin Martin/ knegrin@fideicomiso.gob.do

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  • Local productive circuit
    Argentina
    Local productive circuit
    Argentina
    Organization: Centro Experimental de la Vivienda Económica (CEVE) y Asociación de Vivienda Económica (AVE)

    Context

    Issues:
    Río Cuarto is the second city of the province of Córdoba, with 157,010 inhabitants, a housing shortage of over 8,000 homes and a 9.1% unemployment rate. Two central issues require addressing: providing a safe habitat and generating job opportunities for the most vulnerable sectors (INDEC, 2015-2016).

    Project objective:
    To implement innovative technologies in a housing self-construction program, training cooperatives, families and municipal officers in structure production and assembly.

    Scope: Municipal, Río Cuarto, Córdoba Province

    Results

    Achieved Results

    • Construction of 53 homes from 2014 to 2016;
    • Training of 13 workers and their families, as well as municipal officers and workers from 2 cooperatives;
    • Productive circuit in operation, with an equipped production plant and generating jobs for ventures;
    • Data from the Permanent Household Survey (EPH) of INDEC (National Institute of Statistics and Censuses of the Republic of Argentina) for years 2015 and 2016.

    Expected Results

    • To strengthen the production offer of local entrepreneurship projects for achieving sustainability and insertion in the construction market;
    • Transfer of the technical model and knowledge to neighboring municipalities, regional Community of Colón, 20 local governments, and among others;

    Person/contact: Monica Minoldo/ mminoldo@ceve.org.ar

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  • Model to provide social support for the resettlement of at-risk populations
    Paraguay
    Model to provide social support for the resettlement of at-risk populations
    Paraguay
    Organization: Habitat for Humanity Paraguay

    Context

    Issues:
    Bañado Norte is a geographic area of the city of Asunción where the neighborhood of Chacarita is located. Around 1,000 families live in 5 flood-prone areas in this urban area, in informal settlements close to the river’s influence area. The neighborhood is affected by severe flooding every year, displacing its population for weeks, months, or even years to other areas of the city.

    Project objective:
    To implement a Social Development Plan for mediating in the process of resettling families affected by the floods, supporting them in their decision to voluntarily move to a safer dwelling and facilitating their adaptation to a new environment and home. At the same time, the community is strengthened in terms of citizen participation, coexistence and social integration.

    Scope: Municipal, with focus on Bajo Chacarita neighborhood, Bañado Norte, Asunción.

    Results

    Achieved Results:
    Intervention territory characterized geographically, technically and socially, Chacarita Baja neighborhood 80% of families voluntarily resettled 58 elected leaders, 30 in election process Creation of subcommittees and neighborhood commission, and strengthening of leadership for increasing political and civic participation (or political voice) Training in proper new home use and maintenance.

    Expected Results:
    Posing this methodology as a model to follow for other state interventions, considering that there are approximately 20,000 people experiencing this situation in nearby areas; Implementing a social integration and sustainability process in the neighborhood from a support process.

    Person/contact: Melissa Cartasso/ habipar@habitat.org.py

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  • Moradia Urbana com Tecnologia Social
    Natiowide, Brazil
    Moradia Urbana com Tecnologia Social
    Natiowide, Brazil
    Organization: Rede Internacional de Ação Comunitária, INTERAÇÃO, in collaboration with Fundación Banco de Brasil

    Context

    Issues:In the endeavors of the Minha Casa Minha Vida government program there is a demand for mobilization, organization and community strengthening considering that they include inhabitants of different contexts. Social technology work seeks to standardize understanding, so that everyone can fight for local objectives and priorities in an informed manner.
    Project objective:To reapply social technology in urban housing for: mobilizing, organizing and strengthening inhabitants; promoting autonomy in the conquest of their rights; and connecting them with representatives of the Prefecture and Bank of Brazil.
    Scope: Nationwide, currently in 47 cities in all regions of Brazil with potential for more cities in the country.

    Results

    Achieved Results
    60 institutions trained for reapplying social technologies since May 2015 and November 2016;
    Local assets inventory pertaining to 62 housing complexes (around 31,000 homes and 110,000 inhabitants in 47 cities) from December 2015 until March 2018;
    100 assemblies, 48 censuses, 40 Financial Education activities, and several sectoral meetings and meetings with representatives of the public and banking sector since December 2015 until March 2018;
    Complementary projects (libraries, orchards, etc.), according to local demands, initiated in 24 housing complexes, activities completed in 16 of them from January 2017 until March 2018.

    Expected Results
    To provide support to 124 ventures, directly serving 330,000 people in 69 cities in the next few years.

    Person/contact: André Folganes Franco/ andre@redeinteracao.org.br

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  • Municipal Habitat Agency
    Argentina
    Municipal Habitat Agency
    Argentina
    Organization: Municipality of San Antonio de Areco

    Context

    Issues:
    San Antonio de Areco is a city in the northern area of the province of Buenos Aires. The creation of the Agency is born of a clear demand from the population for land access and social housing as well as improvement in their household conditions. It city has a population of 23,138 inhabitants according to the last census from INDEC (2010). Since 2011, the municipality added the urban habitat issue to the local government agenda, developing the needed regulatory frameworks for advancing in this area.

    Project objective:
    To promote a strategic unit within the municipality for fully addressing the urban-residential demand and need in the city; ensuring urban land; land and housing access; enabling the rental market; building community facilities, infrastructure and services; organizing the demand for housing and boosting its supply; and ensuring condominium regularization of property.

    Scope: Municipal, San Antonio de Areco

    Results

    Achieved Results:

    • Mixed financing mechanisms: joint construction between family and state of 20 homes on municipal lands. By the year 2018, 81 lots were provided by the "fiscal land sale at a fair price" modality. The lots were divided by programs: 33 of La Manuela in 2012; 17 of Arraigo, and 10 of Raíces in 2014; 21 of Habitar I in 2016). Fifty lots between San Antonio de Areco and Villa Lía are expected for 2018 (rural town belonging to San Antonio de Areco district) with this modality.
    • A public-private agreement that allows incorporating and selling 81 lots at an affordable price for families. The goal is to respond to different realities and reach from families with two minimum wages, up to those with five or six minimum wages. That is to say, it seeks to reach lower-middle, middle and upper-middle sectors. Diversity and integration are promoted, the creation of "ghettos" is prevented; the goal is that families that by income acquire a lot from the most affordable are not far away from families qualifying for a lot of a higher value. In these programs quotas were defined for promoting engagement (doctors, security bodies, health and education personnel) and acknowledging public servers (firemen and ex-combatants of the Falklands War). The sale price of lots is per the official appraisal provided by official banks. In general, they are well below market value (between 30% and 50% less)

    Expected Results:

    • Expand housing access for low-income families in the city of San Antonio de Areco. An initiative that has been able to assist more than 1,500 housing solutions since 2012; there are still 1,200 families that require state intervention in terms of land and housing access with different realities (low-income, tenants, overcrowding, etc.)
    • To continue facilitating housing demand and supply, intervening in real estate market regulation, if the current intervention pace is sustained, demand for housing is expected to be reduced by 10% for the year 2019.
    • To ensure the regularization of real estate ownership. Seventy property deeds were processed and delivered in 2017, in addition to the nearly 200 that had been attained between 2012 and 2016. By 2018, attaining an additional 50 deeds is expected, resulting from the regularization of ownership in existing neighborhoods and in accordance with the applicable statute of limitations.

    Person/contact: Facundo Fagnano/ fagnanofacundo@gmail.com

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  • Municipal Program for the Urban Development of Mérida Program (PMDUM)
    Mexico
    Municipal Program for the Urban Development of Mérida Program (PMDUM)
    Mexico
    Organization: City Hall of Merida

    Context

    Issues:
    Mérida is the capital and most populated municipality of the state of Yucatán, Mexico. In has experienced lack of control and expansion in urbanization on natural and rural areas in recent years, high costs in provision of services, isolated outskirts settlements and sectors with high rates of urban marginalization.

    Project objective:
    To promote urban development and housing management in line with the Urban and Environmental Policy, by urban actions that consolidate a compact and sustainable city model, consistent with the vocations and functional capacities of the territory.

    Scope: Municipal, Mérida

    Results

    Achieved Results:

    • Entry into force in October 2017;
    • Installation of the Urban Observatory of Mérida in 2018 as a coordinated action of the Program;
    • PMDUM-aligned projects, with 2017 and 2018 Reports: Municipal strategies for the Urban Resilience of Mérida (2017) and the Operationalization of Projects in Mérida. Methodological Guide (UN-Habitat and Mérida City Hall, 2018).

    Expected Results:

    • To improve urban and residential livability for 1,248,066 inhabitants, by the year 2040; implementing urban management actions that prioritize rearrangement, renovation, home reinforcement and allocation, infrastructure, public space and intraurban services;
    • Urban actions in the concentrated urban area according to PMDUM's policy. Technical studies have been conducted to identify intraurban polygons with potential to manage urban and housing regeneration actions, consistent with the preferential fiscal and regulatory mechanisms applicable to the concentrated urban area.

    Person/contact: Edgardo Bolio Arceo/ edgardo.bolio@merida.gob.mx

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  • National Strategy to Access Urban Land (ENASU)
    Uruguay
    National Strategy to Access Urban Land (ENASU)
    Uruguay
    Organization: Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and the Environment (MVOTMA)

    Context

    Issues:
    In Uruguay, more than 95% of the population lives in urban and suburban land, which has made way to negative urban effects such as peripheral expansion with social exclusion and segregation. This generates significant social costs and government expenditure for public infrastructure expansion, as well as loss of rural land. Scope: Nationwide with emphasis on urbanized land

    Project objective:
    Link the actions of several public and private institutions, with the aim of promoting more equitable and democratic access to urban land. The aim is to develop a national policy enabling access to served and well-located urban land for all people, prioritizing low-income people.

    Results

    Achieved Results:

    • Achievement of the final stage of the empty and abandoned urban property bill approval process, with preliminary endorsement in the national parliament;
    • Advances in the recognition of vacant premises and opportunity areas in the major cities of Uruguay;
    • 12 of 19 departments with Geographic Information Sites (SIT) developed with the support of the National Directorate of Territorial Management, which is a key step towards structuring territorial planning data (real estate cadastral and register) to develop better land management and territorial control.

    Expected Results

    • Urban housing projects in areas of various scales that are disused or underutilized in terms of the land’s social function by late 2018: Paylana project, Paysandú city, Raincoop project, city of Montevideo, Model Market of Montevideo project;
    • Strengthening of the domestic portfolio of properties for social housing;
    • 25% increase in land purchase and allocation for social housing in 2017-2018 (propose the amendment of the law that defines the mandatory nature and minimum urban requirements for free spaces, land portfolios and equipment);
    • Update and implementation of urban taxes and instruments by governments, for example: contribution, vacant land taxes, inappropriate building, larger use, "return on valuations";
    • Adoption of the Law on Abandoned Real Estate and Rehabilitation, and the adequate use of properties in urban areas by the end of 2018;
    • Development of 3 urban-residential projects per year starting in 2018, which comprise: inclusive social housing, services and public space.
    • Establishment of territorial police in at least 2 departments per year. Developing and implementing territorial control powers attributed to Departmental Governments with the support of other institutional actors in a coordinated and integrated manner.

    Person/contact: José A. Freitas Fourment / dinot@mvotma.gub.uy

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  • Neighborhood in Colores Brilla El SolBarrio en Colores Brilla El Sol
    Chile
    Neighborhood in Colores Brilla El SolBarrio en Colores Brilla El Sol
    Chile
    Organization: Quiero Mi Barrio Program from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

    Context

    Issues:
    The city of Talca is located in the south of Chile, 256 kilometers from the capital, Santiago. Brilla El Sol neighborhood emerged in 1965 as an irregular and emergency settlement, initially with 420 homes. It was a vulnerable neighborhood before the arrival of the Quiero Mi Barrio program, with urban deprivations and social and communal stigma.

    Project objective:
    To develop a neighborhood recovery master plan, through a participatory process between the "the Quiero Mi Barrio program, the municipality and the benefited community, with the objective of converting Brilla El Sol into a Cultural Interest neighborhood for Talca and the Maule Region. Barrio en Colores open air museum, composed of 42 murals, was put in place. In addition, 5 squares, pedestrian circuits, Infocenter and public lighting replacement are achieved. Streets were paved, new homes were enhanced and built, among other works.

    Scope: Municipal, city of Talca and Maule Region.

    Results

    Achieved Results:
    Execution of 42 murals and communication strategy for dissemination since 2014 to date;
    Construction of social infrastructure, sports equipment and public spaces since 2014 to date;
    Establishment of a Cultural Corporation, which runs the cultural plan, supported by a Multisectoral Working Group;
    Coordination of a tourist bus, overseen by the municipality of Talca and support initiatives for local economic development;
    Improved homes and new housing subsidy with other families since 2014 to date.

    Expected Results:
    To provide sustainability to enhancements developed;
    To continue strengthening neighborhood organization for qualifying for new housing improvement and construction subsidies;
    To promote the economic and tourism development of the neighborhood;
    Paving of new streets and passages during 2018.

    Person/contact: Jaime Muñoz/ jamunozg@minvu.cl

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  • Pilot Project for the Urban Regeneration of Vulnerable Neighborhoods
    Chile
    Pilot Project for the Urban Regeneration of Vulnerable Neighborhoods
    Chile
    Organization: Laboratorio 9x18, School of Architecture of Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

    Context

    Issues:
    The city of Santiago has critical shortage of urban land, a tendency of developing housing projects for low-income families on the outskirts, and a poor implementation of home renovation programs. But at the same time the city offers great opportunities through certain peri-central areas, particularly in 466 neighborhoods developed in the 1960s, known as "9x18 neighborhoods" or "site operations".

    Project objective:
    To develop a collective housing pilot project that makes participatory urban renovation projects feasible. It involves multiple actors, implementing a public management model and housing types that increases population density in neighborhoods, minimizing high overcrowding and vulnerability rates, without expelling families to the outskirts of the city. The building typologies seek to combat housing shortage and promote public space use.

    Scope: Municipal, Santiago

    Results

    Achieved Results:

    • Advising group with the participation of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, two NGOs, two neighbor communities and three local governments, created in the year 2016;
    • Three academic studies, publications and an international workshop were conducted;
    • Resource management for designing a building whose planimetrics are in open-code ("open-source");
    • Formalization of “Laboratorio 9x18”, as a study group of the School of Architecture of Pontifical Catholic University of Chile;
    • Three communities and local governments identified and interested in developing the pilot in the Metropolitan Region, through a new housing subsidy of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MINVU) called Small Condominium;

    Expected Results

    • To promote adjustments and flexibility of public policies to drive regeneration processes of the barrio 9x18 and the replication of pilot experiences in other neighborhoods at a higher scale;
    • To develop a pilot project that will benefit at least 30 families by 2020;
    • Potential to expand to 466 neighborhoods, thereby benefiting 865,000 families before 2050.

    Person/contact: Néstor Rodrigo Tapia Vera-Cruz/ rtapiav@uc.cl

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  • Pocket-sized Public Squares
    Chile
    Pocket-sized Public Squares
    Chile
    Organization: Regional Metropolitan Government of Santiago

    Context

    Issues:
    It is estimated that Gran Santiago has 2,500 hectares of non-sown lands, of which 400 hectares are public property. This large space of public property is reserved for future investment and until now had been closed to the public, leaving them unavailable for free use.

    Project objective:
    To establish a network of transitory spaces for public use on non-sown lands for promoting local economy development. To have visible places, for public use and open to the community; define a new typology of public-use spaces, through concepts developed by Tactical Urbanism (Pop Up Urbanism).

    Scope: Metropolitan, Gran Santiago

    Results

    Achieved Results:
    12 of 16 squares considered during the initial phase, over 200,000 visits; Over 500 culinary entrepreneurs have participated in the process; 3 pocket-sized squares opened outside of Santiago in Valdivia, Temuco and La Serena; Application of urban art and tactical tactical urban development in these areas;

    Expected Results
    Opening of 3 new squares with approved funding; To continue implementing an innovative public-private financing mechanism for square cost and maintenance; agreement with other partner operators, and testing of new space activation programs.

    Person/contact: Francisca Penna/ fpenna@gobiernosantiago.cl

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  • Program for the comprehensive improvement of precarious urban settlements (MIAPU)
    El Salvador
    Program for the comprehensive improvement of precarious urban settlements (MIAPU)
    El Salvador
    Organization: Vice-Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (VMVDU)

    Context

    Issues:
    There are around 2,508 urban settlements in El Salvador, which comprise 495,981 homes and a population of over two million inhabitants. At the same time, the National Housing and Habitat Policy of El Salvador seeks the qualitative and quantitative reduction of housing shortage, as well as decent access to land, infrastructure, services, facilities and public spaces.

    Project objective:
    To improve the quality of life of families living in extreme poverty within Precarious Urban Settlements (PUS), to facilitate their social inclusion by providing physical infrastructure, to strengthen the social fabric and the opportunity for labor-market insertion.

    Scope: Nationwide, 25 municipalities at the national level with urban settlements being in the most precarious conditions.

    Results

    • Achieved
    • Results 30 precarious urban settlements intervened since 2003;
    • 2,500 families directly benefited, more than 180,000 people indirectly impacted;
    • Inclusive and innovative funding mechanism, which allows for the integration of different funding sources, involving the participation of municipal governments and benefited communities.

    Expected Results

    • To continue improving the living conditions of families living in precarious urban settlements, as well as their self-esteem and socio-economic status. 10 new settlements are expected to be intervened in the next two years.

    Person/contact: José Roberto Góchez Espinoza/ vice.vivienda@mop.gob.sv

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  • Program for the reduction of vulnerability in precarious urban settlements
    El Salvador
    Program for the reduction of vulnerability in precarious urban settlements
    El Salvador
    Organization: Vice-Ministry of Housing and Urban Development of El Salvador

    Context

    Issues:
    The Metropolitan Area of San Salvador (MASS) is affected by several floods that cause damage to public and private infrastructure, road isolation and even loss of human lives. Impacts are even more alarming for around 2,200 families in precarious urban settlements and 43,000 families living on river and stream shores.

    Project objective:
    To run a comprehensive intervention plan in order to provide security to flood-affected neighborhoods, through the development of a Drainage Master Plan; the execution of important urban works for risk mitigation, and to strengthen public infrastructure in the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador; and relocation of families to new homes in safe areas, if necessary.

    Scope: Metropolitan, Metropolitan Area of San Salvador

    Results

    Achieved Results

    • Repair of Culvert Over Chilismuyo Creek in August 2016;
    • Execution of 6 Comprehensive Improvement and Risk Mitigation projects (4 of them already completed, 3 of them in the year 2016 and 1 in the year 2017; the remaining 2 AUPs are estimated to be completed by October 2018.

     

    • Expected Results
    • To start the execution of buffer works of the macro storm sewer construction project in the metropolitan area, with an expected finish date in the month of April 2019;
    • To develop a Master Plan that enables establishing and prioritizing interventions in the drainage system of the MASS, defining funding mechanisms and including legislative criteria for competences delimitation in drainage systems management;
    • To reduce vulnerability and improve the living conditions of families living in flood-affected places, as according to recent studies, nearly 70% of the MASS shows a level of vulnerability to floods and/or landslides;
    • Construction of a Lamination Lagoons System, which will allow temporary storage of rain water, reducing the peak flow downstream and distributing flow more evenly in time, as part of a solution to the floods problem of the MSSS;
    • Construction of retention works and repair of culverts in the affected stream beds of the MASS.

    Person/contact: José Roberto Góchez/ vice.vivienda@mop.gob.sv

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  • Regeneration of the critical social condominiums Brisas del Mar and Nuevo Horizonte II
    Chile
    Regeneration of the critical social condominiums Brisas del Mar and Nuevo Horizonte II
    Chile
    Organization: Housing Complexes Regeneration Program of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

    Context

    Issues:
    The city of Viña del Mar is located 129 kilometers from the capital city, Santiago. In 1992, 384 low-income families (1,536 people) accessed to 40 m2 social housing homes in Brisas del Mar and Nuevo Horizonte II housing complexes, with high residential density and low construction quality; they were away from social support networks, had no urban equipment and were located on the outskirts of the city.

    Project objective:
    To implement a Comprehensive Master Plan (community and participatory) for complete mid and long-term regeneration of housing projects, through initiatives involving the voluntary relocation of 18.7% of families and the subsequent building demolition, thereby generating free spaces for the construction of squares, green areas and community facilities. In addition, expansion works were started in the apartments ranging from 40 to 58 square meters, with terraces enabling public space care and monitoring; and a socio-environmental plan with different social and urban projects was implemented.

    Scope: Municipal, City of Viña del Mar

    Results

    Achieved Results
    Relocation of 96 families with subsidies for the purchase of new or second-hand homes between 2012 and 2018;
    Expansion of 84 apartments between 2016 and 2018;
    Construction of 2 neighborhood venues; 1 children’s square and 1 sports plaza between 2013 and 2017;
    Co-properties formalization and natural heritage appraisal through the work: Community green space between 2013 and 2014;
    Self-diagnosis and comprehensive and participatory intervention plan with constant and permanent training;
    Social infrastructure: community alarms setup, lightning inside the ‘blocks’ and in risk sectors between 2013 and 2015.

    Expected Results
    A community that self-manages its territory;
    Improving and/or expand 100% of the housing development; public space ownership and use; housing complex arborization;
    Generating the necessary infrastructure in a participatory fashion and with social purpose: Parks, Health Center (managed in areas where a building was demolished); management of an expanded building for social rental and community self-management;
    Consolidation of the adjacent creek as a family park.

    Person/Contact: Hector Valencia Rivers/hvalencia@minvu.cl

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  • Rental Policy: Promotion of social and urban integration and supply
    Chile
    Rental Policy: Promotion of social and urban integration and supply
    Chile
    Organization: Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

    Context

    Issues
    Scarcity of well-located and affordable urban land, pushes proprietary social housing to be built on the outskirts. The rental policy opens up opportunities for generating supply by regeneration, rehabilitation and urban renovation, thereby favoring social integration.

    Project
    Develop a National Rental Subsidy Plan for low-income families or homeless people to provide access to decent housing. Minvu provides subsidies and technical assistance to non-profit entities for the design and execution of housing projects. Entities execute them and then manage the protected lease of the resulting dwellings, putting them at the disposal of subsidy beneficiaries.

    Scope: Nationwide

    Results

    Achieved
    1,200 beneficiaries and 400 homes. 158 homes acquired in July 2018 and other 242 to be built between 2018 and April 2019. 7 initiatives and 3 management models for rehabilitation of old or heritage buildings, of which 2 have been operating since September 2017 and 5 are under development for 2018-2019 Construction of new housing complexes and purchase of homes for tenants in 7 regions of the country, located in 14 communes and 22 projects. Purchase of 158 homes by cooperatives, and construction of 57 municipal apartments with an intercultural approach (low-income Chileans and foreigners) between early 2018 and mid 2018

    Expected
    6 new social rental projects are being prepared to be completed by the end of 2018.

    Person/contact: Fernando Jimenez Cavieres/fdjimenez@minvu.cl

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  • Roads of the Slum
    Argentina
    Roads of the Slum
    Argentina
    Organization: Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia

    Context

    Issues:
    Buenos Aires has about 300,000 inhabitants in slums and informal settlements that are not part of the mapping of the city. This population does not have its fundamental rights guaranteed and is affected by a serious shortage in utilities and urban infrastructure.

    Project objective:
    To implement a georeferenced technological tool for community diagnosis of the different services rendered, monitor and control public works in the slums (villas), offer support to remedy another shortage in these precarious towns.

    Scope: Municipal, city of Buenos Aires with regional aspirations.

    Results

    Achieved Results:

    • All the slums of the city incorporated into the city mapping, thus reversing their invisibility;
    • 4 slums in the city (Villa 20, Villa 31, Rodrigo Bueno and Playón Chacarita) whose neighbors can monitor urbanization works underway;
    • Consolidation of a transparent tool for monitoring and assessing urbanization processes;
    • Orientation of public policies and urban design towards the population's rights and respect;
    • Participative construction of the maps made in all the slums of the city.

    Expected Results:

    • To teplicate the solution and the system in other slums of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Latin America.

    Person/contact: Paul Vitale/ pvitale@acij.org.ar

    Source:
    The Habitat and Inclusion Department (SECHI) of the Government of the City released an official intercensal estimate, which shows that the population living in slums is of around 275,000 people. Based on a sustained growth, this population is projected to reach over 300,000 inhabitants.

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  • Self-Managed Cooperative Housing Program, by Mutual Help and Collective Property
    Guatemala
    Self-Managed Cooperative Housing Program, by Mutual Help and Collective Property
    Guatemala
    Organization: Empresa Metropolitana de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano, Municipalidad de Guatemala (EMVDU)

    Context

    Issues:
    Guatemala City lacks the mechanisms for increasing access for population below the poverty line to urbanized land and decent and affordable housing, located close to employment sources, provided with equipment and transport.

    Project objective:
    To innovate municipal management in the social housing field, particularly in the land access mechanism and in being a replicable model. Specifically, it is a pilot project, which consists of a housing complex in the form of apartments for 50 families (apartments), approximately 225 inhabitants, prioritizing families below the poverty line and in extreme poverty; 92% of them have a monthly income between 1.5 and 3 times the minimum wage. 72% of households in the city and its outskirts are under the poverty line, INE-ENCOVI 2017). The project is managed by a cooperative whose partners have access to housing through use and habitation rights. It includes mothers head of households as 50% of the direct beneficiaries, Mayas and Garifunas as 15%, and households with income sources from the formal economy as 30%, (EMVDU, 2018). Through the renovation master plan that, in addition to the housing project, includes an ecological park and equipment, 42,700 inhabitants of area 17 are benefited.

    Scope: Municipal, Guatemala City with nationwide potential

    Results

    Achieved Results

    • Self-managed cooperative group of the pilot project strengthened since 2014 in its social organization, as well as administrative and financial capabilities. After promotion of and training in continuous saving, the cooperative has its own capital, from which a Relief Fund is derived, that would support financial difficulties for up to 3 months for active families; thus the collective collateral system is outlined, which facilitates financial inclusion to population under the poverty line.
    • Financial model for a collective mortgage credit, which has as collateral the right to use public land in favor of the cooperative for a period of 50 years. The model has been designed along with one of the most important commercial banks in the country, which projects economic and social development objectives. The entity offers a term of up to 25 years and 8% interest rates with insurance, giving 1 year of grace during the execution period, which allows families to continue covering the rental cost and continue with their savings goals, prior to the accommodation stage.
    • Method (replicable) agreed upon with families and the Municipal Cadastre office, which allows estimating social value of the right to use land for housing.
    • Collaboration with the municipality, which provides current and long-term institutional support, facilitates access to urbanized land with social value, subsidized multidisciplinary technical assistance, and urbanization support; with the banking system (collective mortgage credit); with the private sector (materials supplier with a grace period); and organized civil society (self-management, savings capital, labor). It will be coordinated with the national government in the future, as families have the right to request a subsidy deposit from the Guatemalan Housing Fund.
    • Having legal instruments for land management as agreed upon with families, reviewed during legal advisory and currently pending approval by the Municipal Council; they provide a relevant administrative and legal precedent for future regulations of general nature. Having procedures approved by the Board of Directors of the EMVDU, which enable managing and implementing the demonstration projects of the Productive Housing Program.

    Expected Results

    • Master plan construction start, park area and urbanization in 2018, apartments construction beginning in 2019, accommodation expected by 2020.
    • 225 persons assisted, of whom 47% are children (the program prioritizes families with school-age children), 15% live in overcrowding conditions, including a 20% minimum of families which today live at risk.
    • Through the right to collective use of the land, to achieve a sustainable model of the social purpose of cooperative-municipal housing, of the inclusive financing scheme and of maintenance of the urban-architectural quality of the project.
    • The program is to be reapplied and assist at least 250 more families, which shall compose 5 or 6 cooperatives in the next few years. The land management mechanism, the new administrative municipal frameworks and frameworks of involved parties (banking and private sector), will contribute to reaching this goal in one or two municipal administrations (4 or 8 years).

    Person/Contact: Eva Campos/ e.campos@urbanistica.org.gt

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  • Sustainable neighborhoods: Comprehensive Improvement of the Comuna 8 neighborhoods
    Colombia
    Sustainable neighborhoods: Comprehensive Improvement of the Comuna 8 neighborhoods
    Colombia
    Organization: Urban Development Agency of Medellín (EDU) and Pontifical Bolivarian University (UPB)

    Context

    Issues:
    Medellín is divided into areas, communes and neighborhoods. In the year 2015, Comuna 8 in area 3 had 137,000 inhabitants and was characterized by constructions in areas of immitigable risk and creeks, in addition to the shortage of community facilities and urban issues. The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program is developed in this context, as a micro scale urban planning strategy, which seeks to improve the families' quality of life in the most troubled sectors.

    Project objective:
    To consolidate the urban edge and rearrange neighborhoods under construction, through inter-institutional management and agreement with the community, enabling land for resettlement processes, considering the execution of new public spaces, as well as roadways, risk mitigation works and quality community equipment.

    Scope: Municipal, Medellín.

    Results

    Achieved Results:

    • $9 million executed between 2014 and 2019.

    Expected Results:

    • 951 families benefited with new homes or improvement of their homes in four sectors of Comuna 8, two of them prioritized for the first phase of project implementation, to be carried out during the second half of the year 2018 and throughout 2019; the second phase will be implemented in the other two sectors, and will be executed in the next municipal government period (2020-2023);
    • 2,500 families benefited in a multidimensional way by the end of the execution of the project in the four studied sectors;
    • Expansion by square meters of public space and social equipment per capita; expansion of public space by 1000%, from 0.89 m2 to 9.93 m2 per inhabitant, in addition to an increase by 4000% in public facilities, from 0.13 m2 to 5.6 m2 per inhabitant;
    • To provide sustainability to the work carried out in the first two sectors, until 2019, and to the other two, thus completing 4 sectors in the next municipal administration (2010-2023);
    • In the long term, to implement the Program in the 6 areas of the city of Medellin, through the identification, diagnosis, formulation, studies, designs and execution of projects for the rearrangement of neighborhoods under construction, through the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement methodology, in accordance with the City's occupation model established in its Territorial Management Plan.

    Person/contact: Urban Development Corporation of Medellin - EDU: institucional.edu@edu.gov.co, Web page: www.edu.gov.co 

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  • Sustainable social housing
    Republic of Guatemala
    Sustainable social housing
    Republic of Guatemala
    Organization: CASSA

    Context

    Issues:
    There is a shortage of over 1,500,000 homes in Guatemala, affecting almost 8 million people or 54% of the population, who have no place to live or who live in informal and unsafe homes lacking 1 or more essential utilities.

    Project objective:
    To improve quality of human life through sustainable social housing that integrates intelligent design, natural materials and renewable technologies, that provide users with clean water and energy and sanitation at an affordable price.

    Scope: Nationwide, Guatemala.

    Results

    Achieved Results
    21 projects built, including new constructions and housing improvements completed by 2018;
    850 families directly benefited from sustainable construction and 300 people with jobs, by 2018;
    Creation of a sustainable housing catalogue for the lower-middle and middle sector in Guatemala, potentially worth US$7.0 billion;
    Agreement on financial partnerships with relevant institutions, including state banks, international cooperatives and local microfinance institutions.

    Expected Results
    Transfor the way in which social homes is designed and built in Guatemala;
    Demonstrate that it is possible to create affordable and sustainable solutions for families surviving on a minimum wage.
    Validate the profitability and feasibility of comprehensive housing solutions that save money, preserve health and protect the environment.

    Person/contact: Antonio Aguilar/ tono@cassa.com.gt

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  • Tecnoecópolis: ECOBARRIO.3.0
    Dominican Republic
    Tecnoecópolis: ECOBARRIO.3.0
    Dominican Republic
    Organization: Colectivo de Acción Social y promoción del desarrollo ARCOIRIS

    Context

    Issues:
    The municipalities of Santo Domingo Este and Bajos de Haina, in two neighborhoods, Cancino Adentro and Bella Vista respectively, are part of this pilot initiative that pursues a comprehensive development intervention. The population noted the need to bring together the Government, Academia, municipalities and communities in the sustainable and integral improvement of neighborhoods, based on initiatives that incorporate technology and scientific development.

    Project objective:
    To develop a technological communication platform that will serve as a meeting and engagement point among the civil society, scientific community, businesses and local governments. Communication and community participation is leveraged through face-to-face and virtual actions; a researcher network offering solutions applicable to the development of the neighborhood is promoted; and a methodology is implemented for measuring the sustainable development level of the neighborhood and monitoring ongoing processes.

    Scope: Metropolitan, Gran Santo Domingo.

    Results

    Achieved Results:
    Technological platform running since October 2015;
    Design and application of mobile surveys in 2016-17, for information exchange among actors in the territory, including the scientific community;
    Comprehensive system for measuring sustainable development indicators of neighborhoods ready for use;
    Development of participatory methodology and structure in three neighborhoods, and four rural communities in Gran Santo Domingo for future applied projects;
    Multiple practical work with 4 universities, international seminar and publications.

    Expected Results:
    To enable a server with a capacity of 100,000 visiting users and 10,000 interacting users;
    To promote systematized neighborhood indicator recording tools, and information exchange in vulnerable communities;
    To make progress in terms of self-sustainability of the project to promote the integrated development innovation ecosystem;

    Person/contact: Ana Moyano Molina/ anamoyano@arcoirisrd.org

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  • Updating the Municipal Urban Planning System through Citizen Consultation 2017
    Mexico
    Updating the Municipal Urban Planning System through Citizen Consultation 2017
    Mexico
    Organization: Municipal Institute of Urban Planning (IMPLAN)

    Context

    Issues:
    Culiacán is the capital and largest city of the state of Sinaloa, located to the northwest of the country. Historically, Culiacán’s urban development has disregarded the real needs and interests of the different sectors that compose the community, such as neighbors, opinion leaders and civil associations representatives.

    Project objective:
    To conduct a citizen consultation for updating the Municipal Urban Planning System of Culiacán (SMPU). Opinion leaders, technical experts and civil association representatives were consulted, from all settlements, including the most socially and economically disadvantaged. The technique was innovative and binding, based on environment awareness dynamics through the senses–smell, hearing, touch, and so on–with the aim of perceiving the city, to reconnect with it, and identifying the feelings, emotions, desires and real needs of its inhabitants. This activity allowed for the gathering of information in a clear, natural and direct manner, which was instrumental in the planning process.

    Scope: Municipal, Municipality of Culiacán

    Results

    Achieved Results

    • 11 zonal forums, including historically excluded communities;
    • 18 forum-workshops with commissioners and trustees;
    • Citizens reflected on social and community matters, thereby identifying their daily, specific and concrete needs, as well as an integrative and inclusive vision of their community and the city.

    Expected Results

    • Information ready for use by the urban planning municipal system for planning and decision-making improvements;
    • Inclusion of exchanged and diagnosed conclusions for project development under the planning instruments of the city and the municipality.

    Person/contact: Juan Carlos Rojo Carrascal/ jcrojo@implanculiacan.gob.mx

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