Cover Image
close this bookGSS in Action: Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000 (HABITAT, 1992, 105 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentForeword
View the documentStrategic planning for better shelter
close this folderSuccess stories in shelter
close this folderAfrica
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentMalawi
View the documentSenegal
View the documentSomalia
close this folderUganda
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentMasese women lead the way to shelter for the poor
View the documentLow-income settlements benefit as Uganda reconstructs
View the documentZimbabwe
close this folderArab states
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentJordan
View the documentOman
close this folderYemen
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentBetter building materials to meet the shelter challenge
View the documentPost-earthquake reconstruction
close this folderAsia
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentBangladesh
View the documentIndia
View the documentPhilippines
close this folderSri Lanka
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentA better life with improved infrastructure
View the documentRural architecture is improved
View the documentThailand
close this folderLatin America
View the document(introduction...)
close this folderBolivia
View the document(introduction...)
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
View the document(introduction...)
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
View the documentReferences


Colombia has recently given new roles to old actors it

- reformed its institutions
- revised existing laws and regulations
- strengthened local governments
- created a subsidy for low-income home buyers

Bolivia, to confront its huge shelter deficit, has made reforms which include:

- new institutional arrangements
- new financial arrangements
- encouraging cooperation between public and private sectors
- increasing the role of the private sector
- increasing the role of local governments

The massive squatter settlement of Aguablanca, in Cali, Colombia, has been upgraded as a result of

- broad participation from the community, an NGO, a bank and the Cali Municipality
- modifying existing building regulations
- increasing the supply of affordable land
- upgrading existing buildings
- producing new housing units
- streamlining legal producers

Costa Rica's bamboo project has made a contribution to that country's housing needs by

- being environmentally sound
- using a low-cost, renewable resource - bamboo - for building
- promoting the use of ingenous building materials
- planting bamboo for future use in building

Low-income households in Chile have benefited from a targeted subsidy scheme which

- gives grants and subsidies to eligible low-income families
- makes loans available to middle - income families
- encourages personal savings

Latin America