IHC Sponsoring 5th Annual Urban Essay Competition
February 2014 The IHC is pleased to be sponsoring the 5th Annual Urban Poverty Essay Competition, in partnership with USAID, the World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center and Cities Alliance. Each year this competition calls on current masters and PhD students to submit papers on topics relating to urban poverty in the developing world. This [...]
Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act Introduced in House and Senate
July 2013 The International Housing Coalition would like to congratulate Congressmen Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) on the introduction of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013 (H.R. 2638; S. 1271). The bill is a significant step toward ensuring that U.S. foreign [...]
High Level Panel Releases Post-2015 Development Report
June 2013 Last week the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda delivered final recommendations for the post-2015 development goals to the United Nations in New York. The report presents a potential road map for the next 15 years of international development cooperation. The paper discusses two major sets of framing topics: five cross-cutting [...]
IHC Releases FY 2012 Annual Report
The FY 2012 Annual Report is now available online. The report highlights the activities of the fiscal year, running from October 2011 through September 2012. The IHC published a paper and set of case studies, co-sponsored another successful graduate student essay competition and launched a blog. We also strengthened our advocacy program through meetings and [...]
IHC Publishes New Report on Housing Associations in Eastern and Central Europe
The IHC has released a new publication, Homeowners’ Associations in Central and Eastern Europe: Opportunities and Challenges for the Real Estate Market Two Decades After Housing Privatization, which complements the IHC’s recent paper Homeowners’ Associations in the Former Soviet Union: Stalled on the Road to Reform.
IHC Publishes Report on Housing Associations in the Former Soviet Union
During the Communist era most of the urban housing stock in countries in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was publicly built, owned and managed. Since 1989 these countries have either sold or given away the publicly owned multi-family housing stock. Unfortunately, efforts to set up private condominium associations (or homeowner associations) to maintain and operate multi-family dwellings have met with limited success.
This paper discusses the historical context of such associations and the challenges they face, followed by solutions and steps forward in repairing housing stock in the region.