Housing vulnerabilities: one year after March 11 earthquake

It was my pleasure and honor to attend the 1st Housing Forum Europe and Central Asia at Budapest in April 2011 and make a presentation on “Housing finance beyond the crisis – a case study from Japan”. [Read more…]

From squatter settlement to suburb: The transformation of Bathore in Albania

The Bathore squatter settlement, which was formed in the early 1990s, is one of the largest in Albania. It is located near, and overseen by, the town of Kamza, a satellite of the capital. The area occupied by squatters, mostly from Northern Albania, the most impoverished region in the country, lacked any electric, water and sewer, and transportation networks. [Read more…]

EBRD housing development projects and energy efficiency

Since its establishment in 1991, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has become the largest financial investor in its region of operations, which stretches from central Europe and the Western Balkans to central Asia ( The EBRD helps the countries in the region to become open, market economies. In response to recent political developments in the Middle East and North Africa, the EBRD is currently in the process of extending its geographic remit to include countries in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region. [Read more…]

Promoting sustainable housing futures for all

Second Housing Forum for Europe and Central Asia, 22-24 April, 2013

Decent housing should be seen as a fundamental human right.

The Europe and Central Asia region includes diverse economies with varying housing situations, from owner-driven markets to strong social rental models or those in transition. The challenges in the region include natural disasters and adverse climate change, the reduction of poverty and exclusion, an ageing population, ineffective financial regulation and practices, outdated and dilapidated housing stock, poverty and unequal access to water and other essential services and increasing household energy consumption. [Read more…]