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"If the problems associated with construction were solved, we would have almost 50% of Climate Change solved."
Luis Fuente Climate Finance Consultant - IFC  



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Housing Self-Production Policies

In Latin America, housing self-production is commonly related to informal housing settlement processes in which vulnerable populations, with limited resources and without the capacity to access formal housing markets, self-build their residences.


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What are the LAVs?

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They are workshops where the research and practice of different sectors (public, private, social, academic, among others) and scales (subnational, national, regional) converge to discuss and analyze knowledge and experiences regarding issues related to housing and habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The LAVs are based on the demands of the actors and informed by the global agendas, and aim to bring together actors, generate shared visions and align effort for action and research, to face urban challenges and move towards sustainable development in the region.


  1. Generate critical mass to guide the region towards sustainable development based on housing and habitat.
  2. Develop alternatives on specific housing and habitat issues in the region.
  3. Exchange practices, opportunities and approaches to transfer, scale and enrich initiatives in housing and habitat issues in the region.
  4. Examine practices and approaches to enrich and guide research and action lines.