This is an initiative of the NGO, Fundacion Salvadorena de Desarrollo y Vivienda Minima (FUNDASAL) with very active partnership of the beneficiary communities. It also involves the Municipal government of San Salvador, the Ministry of Public Works, local public and private entities and several international donor agencies. The main strategies used are: mobilization of beneficiaries through housing cooperatives, a rights-based approach supported by extensive awareness- raising, as well as institutionalization of the Historic Centre Plan through legislation. The programme responded to the critical habitat deterioration and abandonment in the old area of San Salvador.
Results include revitalization of the historic centre through improved environment and housing, job creation in the re-building process as well as enhanced social inclusion and solidarity of the communities. The programme has also improved gender equality through active involvement of, and benefit to the large population of women-heading households in the area. The programme also contributes to environmental conservation by reducing urban sprawl; while the use of co-operatives rebuilds the social fabric and capital.
Sustainability is enhanced by the existence of “El Foro Permanente …” which exists since 2005, and incorporates 20 public and private institutions, universities and professional unions.
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