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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.

Enhancing women’s leadership in the South African social housing sector

By Jo Ferris-Davies, Rooftops Canada After an intensive consultation process, the Rooftops Canada Equal Spaces Project finalized the Gender Equality Strategy for Social Housing in South Africa in February. All the main local stakeholders are on board, and we are … Continue reading

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Training Event in Cape Town for New Social Housing Institutions – First Step to Acquiring a Housing Site from the City

By Jo Ferris-Davies, Rooftops Canada Towards the end of March, the Equal Spaces Project and National Association of Social Housing Organizations (NASHO) teams met with the City of Cape Town Social Housing staff and new Social Housing Institutions SHIs for … Continue reading

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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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