Internacional para la Reducción de Desastres
América Latina y el Caribe
Revista EIRD Informa - América Latina y el Caribe
Socios en Acción
In the context of the technical training agreements between the UNCHS (Habitat) Program and the Regional Action Plan on Human Settlements for Latin America and the Caribbean, the School of Architecture and Urban Development of the University of Chile, together with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Corporation for University Promotion (CUP), and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning of Chile, will develop the third Regional Specialization Course on Human Settlements. This course is sponsored by the Ministers and Authorities of Housing and Urban Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI), with the support of the World Bank Institute, the Swedish International Development Authority (ASDI), and the Latin American and Caribbean Institute of Social and Economic Planning (ILPES). The course is intended for university professionals of Latin American and the Caribbean, particularly for those working in public institutions at national and local levels.
Goals and stages of this course
The syllabus includes three
different stages: i) preliminary phase (which will take place in countries
where students live); ii) attendance (at
ECLAC’s headquarters); and, iii) final stage (once again, to be
held in students´ countries of residence.) Interested parties must
devote enough time and have the equipment required to develop all learning
activities included in both the preliminary and final stages in their
countries of residence. They must also be able to take lessons during
the attendance phase at ECLAC´s headquarters located in Santiago,
Chile. This stage is 3 to 5-week long.
Contents of the initial stage
First block of courses: Urban development, land and city from a social perspective. The process of urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean; regional economic evolution and land; urban poverty; income distribution and cities; poverty and housing precariousness; current social approaches on housing; urban and community segregation; and public spaces, social inclusion and citizens´ safety.
Second block of courses: Land and city from an economic perspective. Economic dimension within settlement planning: urban planning tools, development of both competitiveness and equity; management of local productive development; rural areas from a competitiveness viewpoint; management of public services; urban financing; and housing financing.
Third block of courses: Land and city from an environmental and urban
sustainable development perspective. Environmental issues in land and
city planning and management: environmental institutionalization at national
and local levels; environmental vulnerability, natural disasters and
urban poverty; environmental risk management; property development and
the environment; and management for achieving urban sustainable development.
In order to complete this course, students will develop in their countries of residence and under supervision, proposals for actions and tools that promote the integral development of human settlements. This represents the last academic activity of this course and allows participants to apply their knowledge (acquired in previous stages) to the reality of their own professional fields, and develop a proactive attitude in terms of urban, land and housing management.
The total cost of this course is US$ 1,300. There is a limited number of academic scholarships. However, all travel and lodging-related expenses during the attendance phase in Santiago will be covered by students and/or institutions responsible for sending them to take the course. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development of Chile will make available some accommodations at reduced rates.
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