Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is inviting you and your colleagues to join us in discussions on some of the major global housing issues during a number of networking and training sessions at the World Urban Forum 6  in Naples, Italy. Meet Habitat at the booth 25 at Mostra d’Oltemare Exhibition Center.
Habitat for Humanity International and Inter-American Development Bank
“INNOVATIONS AND FINANCING IN NEIGHBORHOOD UPGRADING AND INCREMENTAL HOUSING”
Monday, 3 September, 17:00 – 19:00, Rm.1, Pavilion 6
Eighty percent of the poor improve their housing and living conditions incrementally, through self-managed approaches. Recognizing this process, this session looks at how families and communities can improve their living conditions with access to technical information and services to maximize the impact of their investments and better integrate into the city.
Participating Organizations: Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR); “Mejora tu Calle” (Improve your Street); Habitat for Humanity (HFH); Instituto de Vivienda de Medellin, Colombia (Medellin Housing Institute); HFH Center for Innovation in Shelter and Finance, and Special Interest Group in Urban Settlement.
Global Network for Sustainable Housing
“GREEN BUILDINGS FOR SMART CITIES”
Monday, 3 September 2012, 14:30 – 16:30, Pavilion 4, Room 21
The Networking event will bring together leading experts and institutions working in the field of sustainable housing. It is specifically oriented to the theme of local building cultures (principles, methods, application conditions, potential impacts and limits), with a specific focus on indigenous building materials and traditional building practices in the context of slum upgrading, affordable housing, and post-crisis housing.
Participating Organizations: UN-Habitat; CRATerre-ENSAG; Chalmers Universit; INBAR; UNEP; University of Cambridge; UNECE; Oxford Brookes University; RICS; SDI; HFHI.
Inter-American Development Bank
“ENABLING GOOD HOUSING POLICIES INFORMED BY EVIDENCE-BASED RESEARCH”
Tuesday, 4 September, 16:30 - 18:30, Rm. 18, Pavilion 5
Although housing is key to addressing poverty, there is no comprehensive and harmonized global dataset for measuring housing conditions and supporting policy. In this session governments and non-governmental organizations will be invited to demonstrate how they have been using evidence-based indicators for advocacy, design and monitoring of urban and housing policies and encourage them to engage in a dialogue with various institutions that sponsor housing and urban indicators - including Habitat for Humanity, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the UN-Habitat, and Cities Alliances and encourage them with the perspective of providing inputs for a shared platform.
Participating Organizations: Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania; IDB; HFHI; UN-Habitat; Ministry of Cities, Brazil; City of Bogotá; Lincoln Land Institute.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Habitat for Humanity International
“REDUCE RISK AND VULNERABILITIES IN PROVIDING EQUITABLE RECONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS AFTER URBAN DISASTERS”
Tuesday, 4 September, 16:30 – 18:30, Rm. 22, Pavilion 4
The increasing debate on urban reconstruction and risk highlights the importance within humanitarian organizations of preparing for and responding to urban disasters. Both humanitarian and development workers are facing unprecedented challenges in cities like Port-au-Prince, in Rio’s vulnerable favelas or in Asian disaster-prone cities.
Participating Organizations: CENDEP, Oxford Brookes University; GIZ: HFHI; IFRC; and UN ESCAP.
NeighborWorks America and Open Society Foundations
“LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE U.S. FORECLOSURE CRISIS: STRATEGIES TO BRING BACK VACANT HOUSING”
Wednesday 5 September 2012, 14:00 – 16:00, Pavilion 6, Room 5
The foreclosure crisis left many US communities with a large supply of vacant properties. In response, government initiatives have provided responders with funding to acquire rehab and resell vacant homes. In addition, private foundations, companies, and financial institutions, are also pursuing initiatives to revive communities by restoring vacant properties to productive use as affordable housing, all within the context of cities with declining populations and stagnant markets. This networking session will explore local efforts to revitalize communities and restore vacant properties in the US by highlighting innovative strategies in planning, financing, local governance, and public-private partnerships to address inequities in opportunities and spark renewal.
Participating Organizations: Emory University and Center for Community Progress; NeighborWorks America; Open Society Foundations; Ford Foundation; Habitat for Humanity Hungary; R.W. & Associates.
Global University Consortium on Incremental Housing
“THE SEARCH FOR HIGH DENSITY, INCREMENTAL, AFFORDABLE HOUSING”
Wednesday, 5 September 2012 16:30 – 18:30, Rm. 16, Pavilion 5
This Session provides a forum to build awareness and learn from the successes of built examples drawn from existing international practice. It provides a platform to discuss project issues when embarking on successful incremental, multi-story approaches. It provides a framework and steps for an effective multi-story incremental program, from initial design to beneficiary selection, to supporting incremental expansion.
Participating Organizations: UN-Habitat; Catholic University of America; HFHI; Catholic University of Chile; Katye Project; Fundasal; Cairo University; Newcastle University; IDB; UNESCAP; Technical University Darmstadt.
Special Interest Group in Urban Settlement (SIGUS), MIT
“HOW TO DESIGN INCREMENTAL HOUSING FOR PROACTIVE STRATEGIES TO MEET RAPID URBAN GROWTH CHALLENGES”
Wednesday, 5 September, 9:00 - 12:00, Rm. 12, Pavilion 5
Learning Objectives: a) Awareness of benefits of a incremental strategy; b) Understanding of range of incremental ‘starter’ options and their practical implications in community development; and c) Guiding principles at family starter, lot, and project scale.
WORLD URBAN YOUTH ASSEMBLY
Engaging youth in urban water & sanitation
Sunday, 2 September, 13:30 - 15:30, Venue TERME OL AGNANO
GENDER EQUALITY ACTION ASSEMBLY
Fostering Economic Empowerment in Cities – Panel Discussion
Sunday, 2 September, 14:15 – 15:45, Venue TBD
LINKS TO PRESENTATION MATERIALS
Here we will be posting materials from the above mentioned presentations.