Habitat International Coalition
Global network for the right to habitat and social justice
Switzerland. Conference: Sustainable Housing Finance and Cooperation
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IHEID - Maison de la Paix (Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202 Genève) - Auditorium A2, Switzerland
09-23-2015 / 09-23-2015

Wednesday, 23 September, 2015 -18:30to20:30

Venue : IHEID - Maison de la Paix (Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202 Genève) - Auditorium A2

In English - Free entrance

Press release

Cities and their inhabitants are confronted with a global housing crisis, generating land tenure insecurity, increasing inequalities and precarious living conditions, especially among the most vulnerable populations. In response, civil society actors develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the inhabitants to take the lead in the development of their cities, both in the global South and North. But these community-driven projects face major challenges in ensuring solid and sustainable financing mechanisms. The speakers will discuss innovative finance mechanisms that can reduce urban poverty by increasing poor urban communities’ access to commercial and public sector finance.

Key SpeakerLarry English(Reall) / 6.30 pm

  • Larry English– Chief Executive of Reall (formerly Homeless International) will present the Community-Led Infrastructure Financing Facility (CLIFF), a program awarded with the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award 2014. He will also discuss the HI guarantee fund developed in partnership with UK social housing sector allowing lowinterest loans for community-led housing in the global South.

Roundtable / 7.15 pm

The discussion will be enriched by the participation of key actors in the Swiss social production of habitat sector:

  • Peter Gurtner– former Director of the Swiss Federal Office for Housing and actual President of the Bond Issuing Cooperative (BIC) – will present this organization as well as the guarantee fund (CCH) of the Swiss Federation of Housing Cooperatives,
  • Daniel Fino– formerSenior lecturer at the Graduate Institute, socio-economist and board member of the International Guarantee Fund (FIG) – a North-South non-profit guarantee cooperative, which he will introduce at this occasion.
  • Alain Geiger– Program Manager at the Infrastructure Financing Division of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), specialist in urban development issues – will present SECO’s international support to urban development.


Cyril Royez, coordinator of urbaMonde.

• Housing Alternatives   • Housing and Land Rights / Right to Adequate Housing   • Right to the City   

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