UNOPS participation in the World Urban Forum
At the forum, UNOPS led a discussion on access to housing and basic services, drawing on examples from the 16/6 project in Haiti. In many countries, both developed and developing, low-income housing is impeded by high costs and inhibitive policies, as well as inefficient designs and processes. This results in short-term, unsustainable projects and programmes, which reinforce existing social and spatial segregations.
In these cases, housing is perceived as a sole product, ignoring the multiple socio-cultural, economic, and political dynamics that surround the livelihood of residents. This neglects the different realities and needs of communities, and the necessity of integrating infrastructure, urban design and amenities into projects.
UNOPS presentation centred on the 16/6 project in Haiti, which was the first government-led housing and urban rehabilitation project in the country. The presentation discussed UNOPS approach, principles and strategies surrounding sustainable social housing. Read UNOPS Housing Adviser and forum presenter Adriana Navarro's blog post
More than a roof: Building Communities.