IHC Global Urban Feature: Housing and PPPs*
Bosnians upgrade homes to warm up and conserve energy
USAID and Habitat for Humanity bring us a story of achieving inclusive housing in Tesanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with it the promise that partnerships between local communities, government, the private sector and international organizations can be successful, and can bring communities closer together. Shabby homes with leaky roofs and poor insulation were a stain on the otherwise picturesque landscape of Tesanj, a town in the Tuzla canton of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Residents of Tesanj, confronted with the state of the dilapidated apartments and their long-suffering residents, decided to take matters into their own hands. With fervent support and participation from residents, USAID and Habitat for Humanity launched the Residential Energy Efficiency for Low-Income Households project "as a way to promote collaboration between municipalities, financing institutions, construction and maintenance companies, and homeowners while introducing innovative financing solutions to leverage public and private funding." Residents joined forces with homeowners associations and both public and private funders to find the best solutions to improve their homes, save money and become more energy efficient. Thanks to the residents' dedication and the strong partnerships created, those drafty apartments are no more; the project benefited more than 50 families in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and continued on to improve 20 buildings in Armenia and 400 households in Macedonia.
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IHC Global Urban Feature
Along with the roundup of each week's happenings in the urban world, we will be featuring an article that focuses on one of our key policy topics for equitable urban development: urban water and sanitation; resilience, climate adaptation and the urban poor; migration and its implications; housing as a driver of equitable development; gender, secure tenure and property rights; and urban food security. To learn more about our Key Policy Topics, click