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During the 3 days of workshops, debates and roundtables, the following people intervened:


Enrique Ortiz

Enrique Ortiz is an architect from the National School of Architecture (Mexico). His expertise is in housing and public policy in rural and urban settlements. Ortiz has occupied various positions in Mexico such as Deputy-Director of Housing and Manager of Operations and initiated the Mexican Government's Popular Housing Fund. In 1988 he is elected Executive Secretary of Habitat International Coalition (HIC) that groups approximately 350 social, nongovernmental, and academic organizations operating in the habitat field in 110 countries. He also served as its international President (2003- 2007) and coordinated the establishment of the HIC Regional Office for Latin America. Currently, Ortiz coordinates HIC projects on the right to the city and social production of habitat in Mexico and Latin America. He is a member of the National Housing Council and of the Federal District Council of Sustainable Urban Development. He has extensive experience as a professor and lecturer in various universities.


Habitat International Coalition :


Rose Molokoane

Rose Molokoane is Deputy President of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), a network of community-based federations in 33 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. She is also a national coordinator of the 80,000 members of the Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor in South Africa and their national savings coordinator. A veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, she is one of the most internationally recognized grassroots activists involved in land tenure and housing issues. Her involvement in the sector stems directly from her personal experience. She has spent more than 20 years organizing urban poor communities, helping them to pool savings and obtain land and housing. Molokoane is also a prominent member of Urban Poor Fund International, the first global fund to give poor people direct control over development spending in cities. She was awarded the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor in 2005 for her struggle to bring land and homes to the poor.


Slum Dwellers International :


Somsook Boonyabancha

Somsook Boonyabancha is the Secretary General of the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR), a coalition of organizations working on housing development for the urban poor in Asia. Formerly, she was the Director of the Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI) in Thailand. For the past 30 years, Boonyabancha has worked on housing development for the urban poor and slum upgrading in Thailand and other Asian countries. Her expertise is community-driven and community-led development, disaster rehabilitation, community welfare, urban and rural community land and housing development. During her years at CODI, she carried out a national urban community upgrade plan that has been implemented in almost 300 cities in Thailand today. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and from the Housing and Urbanization Course in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights :


Dimitri Roussopoulos

Dimitri Roussopoulos is a political activist, ecologist, writer, community organizer and public speaker. Known during the 1970s and 1980s as an organizer of various urban struggles, he was a member of the Montreal Citizens Movement (MCM) from 1975 to 1978 where he worked on a programme proposal for the decentralization of political power. Since the early 1970s, Roussopoulos has highlighted the centrality of community organization, neighborhoods and cities as the primary and priority terrain for social and political change. In 1995 he founded the Montreal Urban Ecology Center, highlighting a new range of concerns for environmentalists and those involved in community development. He helped found, in downtown Montreal, the Milton-Parc Citizens Committee (CMP). Since 2001, Roussopoulos heads the Taskforce on Municipal Democracy of the City of Montreal, where he helped draft the Montreal Charter of Citizen Rights and Responsibilities, the first right to the city charter in North America.

Communauté Milton Parc :


Brenda Torpy

Brenda Torpy has 34 years of experience in the affordable housing field. As the first Housing Director for the City of Burlington, Torpy led the development of the Burlington Community Land Trust (CLT), now Champlain Housing Trust (CHT), and served as the founding Board President. In 1991, she joined the staff as Executive Director. Torpy was a Ford Foundation Leader for a Changing World in 2002. She is President of the National Community Land Trust Network (NCLTN) and serves on the Governor’s Housing Council of Vermont, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Committee and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Affordable Housing Program Advisory Committee.   

Community Land Trust Network:


Diana Mitlin

Diana Mitlin is an economist and social development specialist and works both at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (University of Manchester) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). She is currently directing the Global Urban Research Centre at the University of Manchester. Her work focuses on urban poverty and inequality including urban poverty reduction programmes and the contribution of collective action by low-income and otherwise disadvantaged groups. She has written extensively on poverty programmes and approaches to poverty reduction.  For the last twenty years, she has worked closely with Shack/Slum Dwellers International and with the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights. 

Institute for Environment and Development :


Ramiro García

Ramiro García is a business manager at the Julio César Tello Superior Public Institute in Villa El Salvador, holding an international master’s degree of the Institute for International and Development Studies of Geneva and studies of risk management at the Centre for International Training of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). He is a specialist in the design, implementation and monitoring of projects promoting the social production of habitat and a member of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). Currently, he is the director of the Urban Programme of DESCO, a local NGO.



Mansoor Ali

Ali Mansoor joined Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) as the Head of International Programmes in August 2014. Before this, he worked with Practical Action UK and has more than 25 years of experience in urban development, basic services and urban poverty reduction. He previously worked with WEDC at Loughborough University, and the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) in Pakistan. Mansoor was raised in a slum area of Karachi and later educated by well-known development experts, Professor Arif Hasan and Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan. He is a keen learner on knowledge transfer, learning and approaches to behavior change. He will be leading BSHF’s international work including the World Habitat Awards, International Peer Exchange visits, knowledge transfer activities and research.

Building and Social Housing Foundation :


Susanne Blomberg

Susanne Blomberg holds a B.Sc. in Economics (University of Stockholm) and has been working as a financial and accounting executive for over 25 years, including five years with the Swedish Housing Cooperative Federation. Blomberg is now consulting in management and business development. When with the Swedish Housing Cooperative Federation she was engaged as a Housing Expert by the We Effect’s program to build affordable housing in the Philippines. She has participated in numerous projects in the Philippines over the years, educating and supporting local organizations as well as organizing visits from the Philippines to Sweden for educational workshops and case studies.

We Effect :



Jorge Fley Rocha

Jorge Fley graduated in Business Management (Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Nicaragua). Currently, he works in the Organization for Economic and Social Development of Urban and Rural Areas, ODESAR, carrying out different functions among others in the strengthening of rural communities of the Matagalpa department and particularly in the fields of community-led management of fresh water. He is the president of the Cooperative for Multidisciplinary Professionals, MULTIPRO R.L., and member and facilitator of the process of legalization of Cooperatives of decent housing, Solidaridad R.L.



Faníz Jiron Valenzuela

Faniz Jiron holds a degree as a commercial, and studies in management. She was the president of the Cooperativa de Vivienda por Ayuda Mutual Juntando Manos (COVIAMJUM R.L.) during two periods In León. She is currently the national president of the Central Nicaragüense de Cooperativas de Vivienda por Ayuda Mutua Comunidades Dignas (CENCOVICOD R.L.). She is an active member of COCEAVIS, Coordinadora Centro Americana Autogestionaria de Vivienda Solidaria, and is responsible of the department of housing promotion at the municipality of León. She has been part of a housing cooperative of mutual help and collective property for 10 years and currently lives in this cooperative.

COCEAVIS (article) :


Papa Ameth Keita

Papa Keita is currently the Executive director of the Senegalese Federation of Inhabitants (FSHHolder of a license in Letters of the University Cheikh Anta DIOP of Dakar and a Post-Graduate Diploma in regional planning, he is specialized in social sciences. Keita took part in the majority of urban reorganization studies in Senegal. Analyst and organizer of participative processes, he coordinated several programs such as DGL Félo with USAID, the redevelopment projects of Grand Médine, Ouakam, Tivaouane and Djiddah Thiaroye Kao. He took part in the development and the implementation of several action plans of re-installment (PAR) on behalf of the Municipal Development Agency or that of the reorganization of Southern Irregular Pikine.


Joseph Muturi

Joseph Muturi is a Social Activist and a National Federation leader of Slum Dwellers International (SDI) in Kenya, also known as Muungano wa Wanavijiji, the largest social movement in Kenya. During the 15 years of existence of the federation, he has worked closely with various government projects, donor agencies and academia to assist in building strong relationships between the programs and the resident of the target settlements. He has also been instrumental in assisting communities to build consensus on strategy, budgeting, planning and implementation. Muturi also sits in the SDI Board and Council and is part of the SDI Core Monitoring.


Slum Dwellers International - Kenya :


Antonio Palomino

Antonio Palomino lives in Villa El Salvador in Peru since 1973 and participated to the construction process of the city. He has also been active in several of its organisations since his early age. From1985 to 1996 he was a member of the coordination team of the Church refectories in Villa El Salvador; in 1987 he founded the “los martincitos” programme, a centre attending elderly facing poverty, for which he is still responsible; from 1994 to 1997 he worked at the San Pablo II de Lurín Home with orphan and abandoned children. Currently, he works at the Cross Cultural Solutions and WASIVES institutions where he helps coordinating the work of volunteers coming to Villa El Salvador.

Villa el Salvador - Los Martincitos :


Achille Noupeou

Achille Noupeou is an expert in participatory budgeting and a lawyer specialized for organizations. For over 6 years, he has accompanied the Cameroonian communes with the implementation of participatory budgeting programmes facilitating access to social services for the populations within the decentralization in framework in Cameroon. With the NGO ASSOAL and the AC-BP-FL, he takes part in the plea for the taking into account of the participatory budgeting as a tool of decentralization. In 2012, he implements the project TIC-GOUV (ASSOAL) of which he is currently project manager, and who aims to improve access to social services for youth and women.



Jean-Michel Rodrigo

Jean-Michel Rodrigo is a historian and geographer (Sorbonne, Paris). He worked in Peru as a photographer, journalist, and director of documentaries. He has a passion for indigenous cultures and has made several documentaries in the Andes, in slums and in mines where he recalls topics such as coca, guerrilla, social organizations and resistance. His work also focuses on Africa, agriculture and economic issues as well as history, especially of resistances and revolts. Villa El Salvador has fascinated him since the 1980's.

Villa El Salvador - Les bâtisseurs du désert :


Pascale Thys

Pascale Thys has a degree in Economics (université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve). She pushes for innovative approach towards the right to housing, particularly in the legal context of the Belgian Constitution. She is also the coordinator of the association ‘Habitat Groupé’, which was founded in 1982 and aims at supporting different actors in the housing field. Habitat Groupé aims at establishing self-managed collective habitat and saving groups by drawing on the African “tontines” and the North American “Community
Land Trust” models.

Habitat groupé :


Alain Durand-Lasserve

Alain Durand-Lasserve is Research Director at CNRS. He is attached to the laboratory “Les Afriques dans le Monde”, a joint unit of research between CNRS and the institute of political studies of Bordeaux. He is member of the technical Committee “Land & Development” (AFD and MAE). His research focuses on land and housing policies in developing countries, a special attention being carried to the issue of regularization and the integration of irregular districts, the registration of land rights and on the dynamics of the real estate markets. He worked mainly in South and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Alain Durand-Lasserve :