The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Strengthening homes and communities across Argentina
In one of the most urbanized countries in Latin America, a social infrastructure and housing programme is changing the way people live their lives.
In Argentina, around 91 per cent of the population lives in urban areas – with a third living in slums. As overcrowding continues to increase, a housing crisis has led to a scarcity in affordable housing. Informal settlements spring up as people find shelter wherever they can.
These settlements often lack networks or connections to basic services – such as electricity and water – resulting in increased health and security risks.
Today, nearly 3.5 million households – more than 10 million Argentines – face a housing problem.
To help alleviate the ongoing housing and urbanization crisis, UNOPS is working with the government of Argentina, municipalities and a variety of community-based organizations to implement a social infrastructure and housing programme across the country.
Through a four-part series, explore how an infrastructure programme is improving homes for communities across Argentina, providing job opportunities and creating safe public spaces.