Africa

Apr 04, 2005
Success Story from Sudan: Mariam’s Story The voices are the first clue. As I approach the huge tent in the compound of the newly built CHF Women’s Center in Kalma Camp, South Darfur, I can hear that something is going on in there. I enter the tent and there they are. “We had to go, they were attacking us, and terrible things would happen if we stayed. We had to go.” —Mariam, one of thousands of refugee women in Darfur Around 250 IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) women weaving grassmats. The pace of the weaving is as furious as the pace of the conversations and every once in a while the tent erupts in laughter from the jokes and funny anecdotes the women share while working. I am greeted by a “wa aleikum as salam” (hello in Arabic) from 250 smiling women as I make my way into the... Read more
Dec 20, 2004
CHF's History in Africa from 1952 - 2004 A brief history of CHF's work in Africa from 1952 to 2004 including activities in 37 countries.  Clcik here to view the document.
Dec 15, 2004
Strategic Assessment of the Affordable Housing Sector in Ghana Ghana possesses a stable macro-economic and political environment and despite the dual nature of the economy, land tenure, and housing, a significant opportunity exists for the government and private financial sector to collaborate to ensure that low-income households have sustained access to housing microfinance. Read the rest of the report here.
Oct 01, 2002
A Model for Cooperative Housing Development in South Africa The term co-operative is used to describe a group of people who collaborate voluntarily to meet common economic, social and cultural needs through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. Agricultural and financial co-operatives have been around since the 19th century. Co-operative movements are strong in East Africa, Eastern Europe, the United States, Canada and South East Asia. In South Africa co-operatives are mainly agricultural and there is not a developed co-operative housing sector. There are only one or two legally registered co-operative in South Africa. This is partly due to legal reasons (co-operative tenure has only recently been recognise in legislation), cultural (individual ownership has been... Read more
Oct 15, 1982
Housing is for People 1952-1982: A Report by the Cooperative Housing Foundation This report covers CHF's beginnings as an organization promoting cooperative housing in the United States, as well as some of  CHF's earliest work internationally in countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Tanzania, Jamaica, Panama, Haiti, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Domican Republic, Ecuador, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Thailand. Read the full report here.
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