Author Archives: Rooftops Canada

About Rooftops Canada

Rooftops Canada is the international development program of co-operative and social housing organizations in Canada. Rooftops Canada works with partner organizations to improve housing conditions, build sustainable communities and develop a shared vision of equitable global development. Rooftops Canada's focus is on disadvantaged communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

Vancouver Study Visit: South Africans and Canadians sharing ideas about strengthening the social and co-op housing sectors

By Brad Lester, Rooftops Canada It was my pleasure to support the recent study visit of four South Africa representatives of the Rooftops Canada – Equal Spaces Project partners to Vancouver in November. De Walt Koekemoer and Alice Puoane of … Continue reading

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Great progress for Metro-driven urban intensification and social housing in Cape Town and a Strategic Partner Certificate for Rooftops Canada

By Lizette Zuniga, Technical Advisor A little more than one year ago, I started working in South Africa with the Rooftops Canada and Equal Spaces Project. It is helping several South African Metros to reverse the legacy of apartheid spatial … Continue reading

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A Gender Equality Strategy for Social Housing in South Africa

By Jo Ferris-Davies The Equal Spaces Project is committed to helping develop a gender equality strategy for the social housing sector in South Africa. Based on this the project will support some initial interventions. There is very little information available … Continue reading

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Housing Supervisors: A programmatic response to capacity development

By Jo Ferris-Davies Last week, I was involved with NASHO’s Housing Supervisor’s course.  This highly interactive 11 day course is broken down into one, two, and three day modules. It covers the background to social housing, understanding how a social … Continue reading

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“Learning Hubs” launched in three South Africa cities

By Barry Pinsky, Executive Director The Equal Spaces Project in South Africa recently launched three “Learning Hubs” with over 30 participants in three South African cities. Two of us also connected by skype from Canada. The new video-conference facilities are … Continue reading

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Barry Pinsky Receives Award from Governor General By Scott Jackson, President, Rooftops Canada

  The Board of Rooftops Canada is very proud to announce that our Executive Director, Barry Pinsky, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The Meritorious Service Awards “recognize outstanding … Continue reading

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Social Housing Portfolio Diversification in South Africa

By Jo Ferris-Davies On May 24, the Equal Spaces Project and the National Association of Social Housing Organizations held a full day workshop in Johannesburg for social housing institutions (SHIs) interested in developing for profit housing within their overall housing … Continue reading

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