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Roundtable "Promoting Community-led Housing Around the World"

Roundtable June 18th 2018 - Community-led housing
Thursday, 14 June, 2018 -
18:30 to 20:30

Palais Eynard, rue de la Croix-Rouge 4, 1204 Genève


The Social Production of Habitat is thrilled to invite you on June 14th to the roundtable 

"Promoting Community-led Housing Around the World" 

with speakers from South Africa, El Salvador, Canada, Kenya, Senegal, Thailand, Uruguay, USA, Switzerland.


Each year, urbaMonde gathers some of the major community-based actors of the Social Production of Habitat in Geneva to discuss concrete actions and strategies to guarantee the access to the Right to the City and to Adequate Housing.

A myriad of community-led habitat initiatives organised in housing cooperatives, community land trusts and savings groups show that people are not the problem but the solution to building Cities BY and FOR their inhabitants.

Community-based organisations will address their achievements and challenges, and the inspiring solutions they are developing in different contexts around the world. This year, discussions will focus on inclusive public policies and solidarity mechanisms to support community-led housing, particularly the Solidarity Habitat Fund.


Welcoming Words - City of Geneva

Community-led Housing – From “Good Practices” to “Good Policies”  - Somsook Boonyabancha, ACHR

An example of a state-level revolving fund for regenerating San Salvador’s City Center through Cooperative Housing - Claudia Blanco, Fundasal

Urban Poor Funds – leveraging grassroots savings groups capacity to improve their neighborhoods and fight urban poverty - Rose Molokoane, Joseph Muturi, SDI

Solidarity Habitat Fund – an example of peer-to-peer financial solidarity to scale up community-led housing - Cyril Royez, urbaMonde

The revolving fund for housing improvement and urban upgrading of the Senegalese Federation of Inhabitants - Papa Keita, urbaSEN

International peer-to-peer solidarity - Why contribute to the Solidarity Habitat Fund? - Genevan Housing Cooperatives

Open debate with the audience in presence of: Alain Vergeylen, FIG (technical partner of the Solidarity Habitat Fund), Julie LaPalme, Co-operative Housing International, Brenda Torpy and Robert Burns, Grounded Solutions Network, Hannah Sholder, Center for CLT Innovation, Mariangela Veronesi, World Habitat


Free access / no RSVP / translation FR-ENG / followed by a welcome drink

More information :




The Social Production of Habitat Platform