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The Social Production of Habitat Forum will take place from October 2nd to October 4th 2014

at the Maison des Associations, 15 rue des Savoises, 1205 Genève

Room Gandhi & Carson. Free entrance.

Thursday October 2nd

7pm – 9.30pm / Opening rountable about forms and stakes of the Social Production of Habitat

Civil society has organized itself to create innovating and sustainable solutions as a response to housing shortage and land insecurity resulting in inequalities. Which are the various modes, contexts and actors of this production? How do they articulate with public policies? What is their role in overcoming poverty? Which are the current challenges and objectives of development cooperation? Which issues are at the core of a convergence between different actors of civil society at the prospect of the Habitat III conference?

With: Enrique Ortiz (Habitat International Coalition, Mexico), Rose Molokoane (Slum Dwellers International, South Africa), Somsook Boonyabancha (Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, Thaïland) and the Direction du Développement et de la Coopération, Switzerland.

Moderation: Julien Beauvallet, urbaMonde's President


Friday October 3rd

9.30am – 5pm / Knowledge transfer workshop

Presentation and discussion of two recently initiated projects:

9.30am - 12.30am / The creation of housing cooperatives in Nicaragua (Cencovicod), with Jorge Fley from Multipro. Moderation: Olivier Grobet, urbaMonde.

2pm - 5pm / The projects in Dakar of the recent Senegalese Federation of inhabitants, with Papa Ameth Keita. Moderation: Suzanne Lerch, urbaMonde.


8pm – 10pm / Movie and debate

8pm - 9pm / Projection of the documentary «Villa El Salvador : Les bâtisseurs du désert »

9pm - 10pm / Debate and discussion around the building process of Villa el Salvador, a city built by the inhabitants in the Peruvian desert.

In partnership with the FIFDH and with the following guests: Jean-Michel Rodrigo (director of the documentary), Ramiro Garcia (Head of the urban programme, DESCO, Peru) and Antonio Palomino, protagonist of the building process of Villa el Salvador and of the creation of social help structures for disadvantaged inhabitants.

Moderation: Alexandro Mackinnon from Geneva Tiers Monde


Saturday October 4th

9.30am – 5pm / Presentation of exemplary SPH projects

9.30am - 10.15am / Baan Mankong Project (ACHR/CODI), a project that supports the upgrading of slums in Thailand by putting the inhabitants in the center of planification, construction and managing. Presented by Somsook Boonyabancha, secretary general of ACHR.

10.30am - 11.15am / Coophylos Cameroun, a housing cooperative in Yaoundé for social housing, which aims to answer to the restructuring of spontaneous neighbourhoods and to property issues. Presente by Achille Noupeou, project manager for the association ASSOAL.

11.30am - 12.15am / Champlain Housing Trust USA (CHT), a Community Land Trust founded in 1984 in Vermont, which aims to offer sustainably affordable housing and to strenghten local communities. Presented by Brenda Torpy, CHT's CEO and representative of the National Community Land Trust Network.

1.45pm - 2.30pm / Milton Parc Canada, a joint-ownership syndicate created by the residents in 1987 as an answer to the massive destruction planned on their neighbourhood in Montreal. Presented by Dimitrios Roussopoulos, writer, philosopher and founding member of the citizen committee od Milton Parc.

2.45pm - 3.30pm / Muungano Support Trust (SDI Kenya), a federation of inhabitants who works for the improvement of habitat for poor communities and fighting against forced evictions. Presented by Joseph Muturi, member of the federation.

3.45pm - 4.30pm / CENCOVICOD, the central organisation for housing cooperatives in Nicaragua, based on the principles of collective property and mutual aid. Presented by Faniz Valenzuela, president.

Moderation: Cyril Royez, urbaMonde.


5.30pm - 7pm / Closing roundtable on "Cooperation between inhabitants" and Social Production of Habitat Award

Diana Mitlin, principal researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London on the topics of urban poverty, community development and civil society, and land tenure.

Susanne Blomberg, representative of We Effect, an organisation founded by the Swedish Housing Cooperatives, active in supporting vulnerable communities in 25 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, in the fight for access to land and to a decent habitat.

Mansoor Ali, Head of International Programmes at the Building and Social Housing Foundation in the United Kingdom, an independent organisation for collaborative research and knowledge transfer on the thematics of sustainable development and housing innovations.

Moderation: Cyril Royez, urbaMonde.


7pm - 7.30pm / Social Production of Habitat Award, with Pierre-Alain Tschudi, representing the City of Meyrin.


During the whole Saturday, Swiss Housing Cooperatives will hold information desks about their projects (CODHA, Equilibre, La Coopérative d’en Face, Voisinage, Kraftwerk1, La Ciguë, etc.).


9pm - 1.30am / Cooperatives Swing (9.30pm live swing music with the Tcha'Badjo / 11pm old jazz set with Dj Mitch)


Monday October 6th: World Habitat Day 2014