This paper, available from www.homeless-international.org/bfg, draws on Homeless International's twelve years of experience in developing methods for financing community-driven housing and infrastructure initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Findings from the ongoing Bridging the Finance Gap in Housing and Infrastructure research project are also incorporated.
A major focus of the paper is a consideration of the resources that the poor bring to the negotiating table when their organisations enter into partnership arrangements with local authorities and formal financial institutions to implement community-driven urban development projects.
Gavle meeting on Housing Finance, held in Sweden, March 28, 2001. Homeless International. pp. 35