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.