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…]

Dates for the second Housing Forum Europe & Central Asia announced

Four partnering organizations are planning to hold the second Housing Forum Europe & Central Asia in April 2013. This event will continue the discussions on the need for sustainable housing in the region and will attempt to identify priorities for improving housing conditions and changing housing policies. This will a second joint forum organized by partnering institutions: Habitat for Humanity Europe and Central Asia, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. [Read more…]

Putting decent housing on the political agenda in Europe and Central Asia

Four organizations hold the first Housing Forum in the region to explore and share solutions that address the urgent and widespread problem of substandard housing.

Bratislava, Slovakia (March 7, 2011) – Housing development is generally expensive and hard to execute, and the biggest issue for many is its affordability, especially in developing countries or those undergoing economic transition. The recent foreclosure crisis has also challenged a popular house for everyone model. At the same time, access to adequate housing is one of the fundamental human rights which should be recognized, respected and protected. [Read more…]