More than a billion people live in informal neighborhoods around the world, also known as slums, barriadas or villas, or favelas in Brazil. These neighborhoods usually lack access to clean water and sanitation systems, and residents live in inadequate and overcrowded housing. In 1995, Favela Bairro (FB) program in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, aimed to connect these informal … [Read more...] about Favela-Bairro Upgrading Program: Assessing results 10 years later
Access to adequate housing is one of the universal human rights. Having access to quality housing improves the health, educational performance and family coexistence of citizens. At the IDB, we believe that all citizens must have access to decent housing, which is why we promote and work to expand access to public and private financing for services and access to housing for the most needy. How to promote more and better housing policies in Latin America and the Caribbean? Learn more by reading our blog and downloading this publication.
On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the new Coronavirus or nCoV-2019 as a pandemic. In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), thousands of confirmed cases have already been reported, in almost all the countries of the region, and an increasing number of deaths. The number of cases, the number of deaths and the number of affected countries is … [Read more...] about 10 lines of action and 20 measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in informal settlements
When we think of projects involving housing for low-income people, the examples which appear in our minds are in general characterized by massive buildings, with uniformity and poor architecture aesthetics, without landscaping and with unwell thought-out maintenance. Beyond that, often, housing solutions are developed in regions distant from networks of employment, transport, … [Read more...] about The challenge of innovating in social housing initiatives and community urbanization: the proposals of João Pessoa, Brazil
Original article published in Portugues in IDEAÇAO Blog on 09/01/2020 Curitiba's urban planning contributed substantially to the development of the municipality. The city is considered one of the three capitals with the best infrastructure in the country and has high living conditions, which is reflected in the wide coverage of public services and the high level of … [Read more...] about Urban planning: three lessons learned in Curitiba
In the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, national governments are overwhelmed by the quantitative and qualitative housing deficits. In most countries it would take at least 50 years of sustained investments to just ease the quantitative deficit. The solution seems like a gigantic task. This situation requires a more active role of the municipalities in the provision … [Read more...] about Municipalities and social housing: urban financing tools to alleviate the deficit