• Learning from the poor on the subject of habitat development (ESP)

    A report written by Selavip´s ex Executive Director, Joan Mac Donald, which describes the many experiences and lessons learned by Selavip while working closely with the urban poor. This report is written in spanish. 

  • In march: Selavip visits Nicaragua and Dominican Republic

    The ex Executive Direcotr of SELAVIP, Architect Joan Mac Donald, visited both countries during the second week of March 2009, to follow up on our activities and to share with University students, academics and professionals the experience of SELAVIP in the developing world.

  • Selavip visit to eastern African countries

    In 2009, ex Executive Director of Selavip, Joan Mac Donald, visited several projects supported by SELAVIP in Ruanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Starting from Kigali, an extensive tour was organized by our local partners from “Les Enfants du Pére Martin". We could visit most villages and houses built in Kayové for widows and orphans since 2005. In DRC we could follow up on the projects of INUKA and ABEM in Goma and Bunia. BEPAD, ADC and UPASSO organized meetings with the communities of their projects in Bukavu. Finally we travelled to Bujumbura to meet our partners from “Action Batwa” and JRS-Burundi, and could appreciate their efforts to favour inclusion of the “batwa” into the Burundian society by providing assistance to build permanent homes for these families.

  • Rehabilitation Strategy by Mr. Kirtee Sha

    In a letter to the Chief Minister of the Government of Gujarat, Mr. Sha suggests a strategy to address shelter rehabilitation after an earthquake devastated numerous villages and towns on 26 January 2001.

  • APPEL 2014

    Forme (en français) pour présenter des projets à financer en 2014.

  • Call for new 2015 Projects

    We invite to communities and NGOs in developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, to send improvement projects and housing construction. Nominations will be open until August 30.


  • Cities, Povery and Slums: Learning from the poor about habitat management

    Ex Executive Director, Joan Mac Donald, discusses in great depth, ten issues that seem relevant to incorporate in the lessons learned by the poor to the task of building better cities in countries around the world.