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close this bookGSS in Action: Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000 (HABITAT, 1992, 105 p.)
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View the documentStrategic planning for better shelter
close this folderSuccess stories in shelter
close this folderAfrica
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View the documentMalawi
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close this folderUganda
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View the documentMasese women lead the way to shelter for the poor
View the documentLow-income settlements benefit as Uganda reconstructs
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close this folderArab states
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close this folderYemen
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View the documentBetter building materials to meet the shelter challenge
View the documentPost-earthquake reconstruction
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View the documentBangladesh
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close this folderSri Lanka
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View the documentA better life with improved infrastructure
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close this folderLatin America
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close this folderBolivia
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View the documentReforms pave the way for a new shelter policy
View the documentImproved land-registration systems in the Andean highlands
View the documentChile
close this folderColombia
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View the documentNew roles for old actors
View the documentHousing for the poorest-a study in co-operation in Aguablanca, Cali
View the documentCosta Rica
View the documentHow to develop a national shelter strategy
View the documentAction at the national level
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This publication has been written for all those who are interested in ways, means and modes to improve the shelter sector in their own countries: policy-makers, entrepreneurs, researchers, community leaders - in short, men and women looking for a more habitable world. It illustrates practical applications of the principles of the Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000 (GSS).

The first part offers, for the reader who is not familiar with the Global Strategy, an overview of the main recommendations of that document. The second part, which forms the main section of the publication, consists of 22 success stories from 17 countries. They highlight one or more recommendations from the Strategy and show how they were implemented through various programmes and projects. The third part includes practical suggestions on how to initiate a national shelter strategy. The last part describes the various actions taken by governments around the world to study, formulate, implement or complement their national shelter strategies.

The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) is pleased to present to all countries these examples of how an enabling approach has been used successfully in all the main regions of the developing world.

To facilitate shelter for all by the year 2000 is not a dream, it is an ambitious but realistic goal. It can be met if countries persist in their efforts to house their citizens, with courage, conviction and perseverance, using all the available tools of an enabling environment.

Arcot Ramachandran
Executive Director