Lack of shelter is a major problem in most countries, but if you assume that governments and private business are working hand in hand to alleviate the housing shortage, in most cases, you would be wrong. Providing shelter for growing populations is not exactly an effort shared in good faith among all society’s actors.

Although they use similar rhetoric and most profess to be concerned about the homeless poor, there are definitely different motives behind the slogans presented by governments, non-government organisations (NGOs), private companies, and the various ‘in betweens’.

In the 1990s, Elsa Zaldívar, director of Base- ECTA, a rural development organization, was working with women in Caaguazú, in central Paraguay, growing and harvesting loofah for export to make mats, slippers and sponges. Ms. Zaldívar noticed that nearly a third of the harvested crop was below export quality, and more was ending up as waste trimmings in the manufacturing process.

Social housing in Nicaragua: Simplicity with style

Este documento está enfocado en dos eventos muy diferentes de los cuales se desarrollaron nuevas formas de tratar con las catástrofes: un terremoto que destruyó una capital mundial  y un incendio que destruyó un pequeño pueblo rural. En inglés solamente.

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