Three quarters of all Colombians reside in cities, many in densely populated and illegally constructed poor neighbourhoods. Many residents have built their homes on their own steam, with little money or experience and without official approvals. The living spaces are often precarious, construction quality is lacking, and the homes are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes or landslides. According to estimates, roughly 10 million people across the country live in poorly built homes.
This project involves a skills development programme in Colombia’s informal construction sector. Its main objectives include increasing technical skills and incomes for construction workers as well as to improve home construction quality.
Swisscontact is committed to:
In addition, advisory services offered in the construction materials markets will be improved, enabling informal construction workers direct access to skilled salespeople in their immediate vicinity who can give them professional advice when they buy their materials.
The project launched in April 2011 with financial support through the Hilti Foundation. In 2017 it entered its third and (for the time being) last phase, through 2018. The project is being implemented in various regional centres, including the capital Bogota.
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