Income level is one of the most important factors determining the quality of housing. However, studies show that, even at the same income level, female-headed households, or those composed of diverse populations, are more likely to be inadequately housed. The causes behind this overrepresentation are complex and multiple. For example, women suffer disadvantages in the labor … [Read more...] about Why do we need a gender and diversity approach to address the housing deficit?
The future of decent housing has a first and last name: technological innovation. In this blog post, which is part of a series on the IDB Group's 2022 Housing Forum, we address the important role of innovation and technology in closing the housing gap in our region. In order to explain the relationship between these three factors, we suggest you take part in a game: noughts and … [Read more...] about How can innovation and technology solve the housing deficit?
“I'm a hairdresser (...) but I need to take care of my aunt [who has a severe disability], of my daughter [who's only 12 years old] and the house” says Lorena, from Río Paraná, in Corrientes, Argentina. Just like many other women in the region, Lorena must balance her professional life with housework and caregiving responsibilities. These responsibilities are particularly … [Read more...] about The caregiving crisis in informal settlements
The public sector can generate a new governance and regulation in the social housing sector in our region. Governments need to generate new frameworks and instruments in favor of a balance between performance, responsibility, resilience, transparency, and inclusion. Without this, it is difficult to attract the private sector and guarantee sustainable investments. In today's … [Read more...] about Keys for social housing governance
There are few things that improve people's quality of life more than having access to decent housing. However, the deficit of this type of housing in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is currently more than 45% and it is estimated that it could reach 90% in 2050 if nothing is done to fix it. Closing the current housing gap in the region will require an investment of at … [Read more...] about Can financial innovation reduce the housing deficit?