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Urban Thinkers Campus on Affordable Housing

On June 22, FIABCI-USA and UN-Habitat's World Urban Campaign organized an Urban Thinkers Campus webinar on affordable housing to exchange initiatives, best practices, and lessons learned from the pandemic. 

The webinar was moderated by Mahmoud AlBurai, Chairman of the Middle East Sustainable Development Agency, and Christine Auclair, Officer-in-Charge, Advocacy, and Campaign Unit: External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge, and Innovation Division of UN-Habitat. The invited speakers were Budiarsa Sastrawinata, CEO Ciputra Group and President of FIABCI-Indonesia, Frank Lang, Director of Housing at St. Nick's Alliance, Andrew Chimphond, CEO Shelter Afrique Financing Affordable Housing for Africa, and Lew Shulman, Chairman of the Board at iBuild Global, Inc.

The main objectives of this moderated session were to understand the speakers' latest accomplishments, lessons learned, and recommendations regarding affordable housing construction, financing, technology, design, and architecture, as well as the integration of affordable housing residents in their new neighborhood, among other aspects. The webinar concluded with recommendations of the panelists to national and local authorities as well as to the private sector to increase the construction of affordable housing substantially, speed up the approval process, improve the quality of construction, the wellbeing of residents and the services.

The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) model is an initiative conceived as an open space for critical exchange between all stakeholders and partners aims to promote sustainable urbanization. It is also envisaged as a platform to advocate for enlightened planning and design, community engagement, good urban governance, and management of our cities as advocated in The City We Need and propose urban solutions in addressing urbanization challenges to urban futures.

The City We Need is Affordable

At the beginning of the UTC webinar, Danielle Grossenbacher, 2015-2016 World President of FIABCI and Chair of The City We Need is Affordable World Urban Campaign of FIABCI announced the launch of a series of 30-minute talks by experts on affordable housing - Urban Thinking Talks -, as part of FIABCI International's The City We Need is Affordable. Affordable Housing development in Indonesia, the first talk with FIABCI-Asia Pacific Region, happened on June 26 and will be available soon on FIABCI's YouTube channel. The next one - Human cities - will take place on July 20 with the participation of FIABCI-Mexico. Upcoming talks include the Chapters of Nigeria, India, Canada, Egypt, Ukraine, and the USA.

Do you have a success story on affordable housing to share? The fifth volume in the series The City We Need is Affordable will be published in 2021. We are looking for implemented solutions that speed up construction, improve housing quality, and facilitate the integration of residents in their neighborhood. Submit your one-page success story until December 31, 2020.

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