Tools

CoHabitat develops a set of tools to document, connect and strengthen community-led housing initiatives from across the world

Co-habitat.io

is an open data and collaborative tool to document and connect community-led housing projects and their allies

What is the scale of community-led housing? How many people are involved in or housed in non-speculative, collective housing and neighborhood developments? What are the existing models of community-led housing? How do inhabitants organize, plan, finance and implement their community-led housing projects? What are their difficulties? Who supports community-led housing?

Documenting and sharing the stories of community-led housing is essential for acknowledging the scale and potential of people-driven habitat solutions. The collaborative online platform co-habitat.io crowdsources information and stories around community-led housing. The process by which the documentation is generated is as important as the data itself: CoHabitat partners develop collaborative, youth-led documentation strategies for storytelling and data collection.

The ambition of co-habitat.io is to aggregate data and stories from across the world to show the diversity of existing solutions and initiatives, provide quantitative and qualitative data on community-led housing and to connect the ecosystem of organizations, people and allies that contribute to its expansion.

Visit co-habitat.io, join the community and contribute by documenting your project and/or organization!

Regional meetings

are spaces for experience exchange and peer learning to advocate for community-led housing and strengthen capacities

Regional meetings are organized by the CoHabitat Network partners to allow for organizations and communities to meet and share their experiences. According to the context, regional meetings contain peer training elements or target a particularly audience for advocacy work. Whatever their format, they bring community-led housing allies and pioneers together to strengthen the movement.

Network Awards

are are a public recognition of the capacity of organized communities to develop their housing solutions and build more sustainable and participatory cities

The Network Awards are organized by the regional partners in collaboration with World Habitat and urbaMonde. They aim to document, showcase and celebrate successful community-led housing initiatives in the region, and to enhance peer learning and policy transfer for the expansion of people-driven and collective habitat solutions. During an awards process, an open call for submissions is launched through co-habitat.io. The submitted projects are peer reviewed and awardees are invited to share their experiences during regional meetings.

Community-led Habitat Awards for Africa 2019

Solidarity Fund

is a financial solution based on solidarity to address the lack of access to affordable finance for community-led housing.

In most places, the access to affordable finance for housing improvement and construction is one of the main challenges faced by community-led housing initiatives. Peer-to-peer finance and community-managed financial tools and savings schemes are developed around the world to provide solutions.

The Solidarity Fund is a pilot initiative of the CoHabitat Network, connecting donations and loans made in Switzerland with national revolving funds managed by grassroots organizations and their NGOs for home improvement (Senegal) and housing construction (Nicaragua).

Visit the website of the Solidarity Fund and the Campaign webpage (available in French only).