Strengthening Cooperative Housing in Senegal and Mali

The Association pour le Développement Economique Régional (ADER) and Réseau International Eco-Développement (RIED) jointly work on developing the “Cooperative Housing” project in Mali and Senegal to strengthen the Cooperatives' abilities to serve their members.

12.17.2015
 
senegal and mali cooperative housing meeting

Objectives

  • Professionalization and organization of the cooperative structure to ensure sustainability
  • Fostering the integration of the environment in order to limit the impact of construction projects on the earth and on the people
  • Providing more cooperatives with tools, knowledge and expertise to build quality homes at lower cost

Summary

In Senegal and Mali the housing cooperative business model offers an effective solution to the enormous difficulties regarding access to housing for large sections of the population. Despite its potential for development, housing cooperatives rarely have the support they need from international institutions.

The "Cooperative Habitat" project of ADER and RIED provides a solution by supporting decent low-cost housing, while promoting the creation of a sustainable and healthy environment. A housing cooperative is an organization of people with similar needs in terms of access to private property, who decide to increase their land access capabilities. Each cooperative is a company which aims to offer services to its members at an attractive cost. Land is given to the cooperative, or sold at a low price by the government. Then, the land is sold in parcels to the cooperatives’ members, future landlords, with the opportunity to build the home they want without the cost related to the land tenure. The organized nature of a cooperative gives each member a more influential voice when facing the government, which can significantly lower the cost of and bring more access to land tenure.

In order to achieve best possible results, the project is built around four axes:

1. Strengthening organizational capacity of the Cooperative Habitat leaders through training and support

2, Promoting a decentralized process on the topic of habitat by engaging in dialogue with the authorities 

3. Implementing pilot projects for sustainable construction, financing to promote access to affordable and sustainable housing

4. Exchanging and spreading experiences and best practices

Therefore they collaborate with different local actors like NGOs. The project is co-financed by various organizations and foundations.

Results

In Senegal, the project establishment concerned 220 housing cooperatives, 15,200 members and 121,600 final beneficiaries (with 8 people per family).

In Mali, the project concerned 150 cooperatives, 35,000 cooperators and 250,000 final beneficiaries.