Rationale of the Training Course - Developing Social Housing Projects
One of the characteristics of developing countries is fast-growing cities and the lack of affordable and adequate housing. Social housing policies try to address the housing problem but have often been implemented in such ways that the people in real need are not reached and/or the social housing projects do not improve the overall living conditions of people or lack a contribution to sustainable urban development o their problems. Developing and therefore allowing for better implementation of social housing contributes directly to the living conditions and to the growth of cities in the developing world.
The course will draw on the long-term experiences and experiments of social housing in the Netherlands and of other international best practices. It focuses on the crucial elements that make social housing projects work. Subjects included will be:
- Introduction to social housing; What is social housing, what makes it specific, who is it intended for and who are the main delivery agents of social housing?
- Client relations: Who is the target group for social housing and what are their needs?
- Technological aspects of social housing: how to design and plan for social housing projects.
- Financial aspects: how to finance social housing projects.
- Management of social housing; management of social housing processes.
This course is primarily designed to build the capacity of social housing developers, both private and public agents. It targets housing and planning officials in national and local governments, housing actors operating in housing-related institutions, the private sector, NGO sector and councillors involved in housing delivery. The professionals targeted are developers, architects, urban designers, building inspectors, (construction) engineers and housing programme/project managers.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to successfully develop a social housing project proposal defining designs and plans, financial instruments, management structure and the institutional set-up. Many social housing projects do not reach low to middle-income households, because they are unaffordable or the design and location is inappropriate. The development phase, where social housing policies are translated into action, is crucial in ensuring that social housing reaches low- to middle-income households.
The course will be a blend of lectures, expert’s seminars, excursions/field visits and group exercises presenting international (best) practices and knowledge. The state-of-the-art knowledge and experience of social housing in the Netherlands is used in a case study of a Dutch social housing project which is the backbone of introducing all the complex aspects and actors.
A series of workshops support the skill development of participant to formulate their own plan of action for the development of a social housing project in their own country.