Habitat International Coalition
Global network for the right to habitat and social justice
Call for 2013-2014 projects
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SELAVIP is a private foundation that supports housing projects for very poor urban families. Our focus is on "extreme social emergency" faced by urban groups dwelling in precarious and unsafe conditions and places, or exposed to evictions. Many poor families cannot even dream of accessing conventional "social” housing programs, in spite of their efforts to do so. SELAVIP wants to open realistic alternatives for those who do not "fit” into any existing housing programs, public or private. We want to invite new groups and communities of the developing world to join so many other partners who are working for decades to shelter the urban poor. By funding small innovative projects, SELAVIP helps them to acquire experience and be able to move on to bigger projects in the future. Our call is open to a wide range of proposals that address acute housing problems of the poorest of poor in cities of developing countries.

Areas of interest

Projects can deal with different aspects of the complex reality of homelessness in developing regions, from housing production or slum improvement, to promotion of community based processes to secure shelter. A proposal to build or improve shelter should also include activities to favor "community-driven” urban and housing processes, and explore new strategies should to possible for the poorest families to access housing. The cost of each unit should not exceed USD 1.200 for a new house and USD 800 to substantially improve or extend a makeshift home. Other proposals that are more "process oriented" should not only help to empower or organize communities, but also lead to clear and measurable results in terms of housing and/or urban services. Priority will be given to initiatives that help the poor access land and secure basic shelter rather than to those seeking to improve shelter that has already reached some physical or legal consolidation. Projects that can be scaled up by other entities in the future, or impact local and national policies, are also a priority for SELAVIP. Maximum amount granted per project: is US$ 72.000.


We invite groups working in developing countries, young professional and poor urban communities to send innovative projects by mail during July and until 20 August. You can visit www.selavip.org or contact selavip@vtr.net if you require more information. For text, use WORD format only. Maximum size of attachments is 10 Mb, so if you plan to include "heavier” documents please reduce their size and/or send in separate messages.

Selection process

SELAVIP will carefully select those projects that meet the criteria mentioned above to be financed during 2014. The proposals we receive usually exceed those we can finance, so many good projects sometimes cannot be included and others can only be financed partially. In this case we will ask proponents to adjust their project to available resources..Applicants should properly inform the communities involved about the procedure for selection and budgetary adjustment, so families can know the contingencies that the selection process implies. The list of projects to be funded during 2014 will be published on our website www.selavip.org by end of November.

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