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The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (fph) is an independent foundation under Swiss law.

Established in 1982 by Madeleine Calame, executor for Charles Léopold Mayer, with the bequest of the latter.

The foundation is committed to “finance -through donations or loans- researches and actions contributing in a significant and innovative way to the progress of humankind through science and social development”. The Board of Trustees comprises seven to eleven members; currently we have eleven. The implementation of the strategy is ensured by an executive team of thirteen employees.

Through its programs, that involve partners of the 5 continents, the foundation is concerned by the long term evolution of our societies. The global interdependences change the relationships between societies, individuals and between human-beings and nature. In this context the foundation made the choice to contribute to the emergence of a global community capable of driving three major mutations:

  • to conceive new forms of governance;
  • to adopt common ethical principles;
  • to implement the transition toward more sustainable societies.

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The IAI is a global network of associations and social movements of inhabitants, cooperatives, communities, tenants, house owners, homeless, slum dwellers, indigenous populations and people from working class neighbourhoods. The objective is the construction of another possible world starting from the achievement of the housing and city right.

The IAI fits in the process promoted by the World Assembly of the Citizens for a Responsible and Solidarity World, (see ) and by the World Social Forum , embracing the motto “Another World is Possible ”.

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CITEGO – cities territories governance

All cities are unique, yet at the same time they all face the same challenges. Citego is an international documentary resource site to exchange, showcase innovation and highlight significant experience in the field of urban governance. Access is free, respecting the”creative commons” principles.

All over the world, in spite of the obvious differences of context, city-dwellers are facing the same challenges: lack of housing, ecological crises, saturated labour markets…

New, innovative solutions are, however being developed, and are making headway. They can contribute to building a holistic approach to cities.

Our objective for this site is simple: to contribute to the defragmentation of the different approaches, and to place rights at the heart of concerns and practice in cities, in a way that will reach beyond the specificities and meet the challenges of this century. Authors (c.f. list of authors) and partners from universities, city networks, experts and practitioners in the field of town planning and management (c.f. “Our partners”) will all contribute to the site.

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The Habitat International Coalition (HIC) is the global network for rights related to habitat. Through solidarity, networking and support for social movements and organizations, HIC struggles for social justice, gender equality, and environmental sustainability, and works in the defence, promotion and realization of human rights related to housing and land in both rural and urban areas.

The HIC strategic approach corresponds to three lines of intervention:

  • Strengthen networks between members, among them and with other networks and organizations, to promote the HIC mission through democratic practices and transparent management and in the spirit of gender equality and generational renewal.
  • Accompany and support community processes in building alternatives towards a good living with dignity for all people by promoting gender equality and the social production of habitat, defending the right to a healthy environment, and fighting against violations of the rights to housing, land, and the city.
  • Influence public policies related to housing and habitat at the local, national and global levels based on human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability.

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NO VOX is a network of associations, movements and organizations, which effectively lead the social struggles on the ground. Founded during the first European Social Forum in Florence, the network became international when the first World Forum of Porto Alegre in 2003.

These resistance movements are composed of men and women who self-organize for the defense and implementation of the fundamental rights defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to give rise to new rights. These actors and actresses of civil society against exercise-power independently from the institutions and political powers.

The No Vox network facilitates and builds practical exchanges, analyzes and experiences of struggle against all forms of domination and social discrimination, economic, civic, academic, cultural, racial, sexual and patriarchal, up to and including the within the overall movement and network.
The No Vox network campaigning for self-organized movements of the poor, discriminated precarious have their place in the respect of their autonomy at major international, national and regional gatherings and are able to bring their field experiences, their claims, their alternatives analysis and proposals.
The No Vox network organizes international actions to support practical solidarity, support and promote the development of struggles Without their rights and new rights in an anti-capitalist perspective and against the repression they are subject.

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The Alliance for Rebuilding Governance in Africa connects African actors and non-African engaged in action and reflection, anxious to promote both at the level of African citizens and the world, dialogue on governance in Africa. It is since 2003 the extension of the network “Dialogues on Governance in Africa: Decentralization and Regional Integration” network that was born in 1999 from an initiative of some Africans, mostly having held senior positions in their country and found from the inside, how the process of transformation of the world and of African societies escaped the Africans themselves due to inadequate governance arrangements, imported or imposed from outside, unable to meet the needs of African and strengthening the inability of Africa to meet the challenges of globalization.

It is fixed and the following objectives:

Inter build a public space for dialogue and reflection on governance;
Develop and discussion of proposed changes to the governance in Africa;
Mobilizing state and non-state actors in initiatives for effective rebuilding governance in Africa;
Participate in discussions on governance issues in Africa and the world.

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FEANTSA is the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless. It is an umbrella of not-for-profit organisations which participate in or contribute to the fight against homelessness in Europe. Established in 1989, FEANTSA represents today more than 150 organisations working with people experiencing homelessness in about 30 European countries which provide a wide range of services to people experiencing homelessness, including housing, health, employment support, social protection, rights and participation. It is the only major European network that focuses exclusively on homelessness at the European level.

Most of FEANTSA’s members are national or regional umbrella organisations of service providers that support homeless people with a wide range of services, including housing, health, employment and social support. They often work with public authorities, social housing providers and other relevant actors.

FEANTSA works closely with the EU institutions, and has consultative status at the Council of Europe and the United Nations. It receives financial support from the European Commission.

FEANTSA is committed to:

  • Engage in constant dialogue with the European institutions and national and regional governments to promote the development and implementation of effective measures to fight homelessness.
  • Conduct and promote research and data collection to better understand the nature, extent, causes of, and solutions to, homelessness.
  • Promote and facilitate the exchange of information, experience and good practice between FEANTSA’s member organisations and relevant stakeholders with a view to improve policies and practices addressing homelessness.
  • Raise public awareness about the complexity of homelessness and the multidimensional nature of the problems faced by homeless people.

To this end FEANTSA lobbies decision makers, commissions research, writes tools and toolkits, prepares regular policy documents and organises European seminars and conferences, and transnational exchange initiatives. In addition, FEANTSA runs a number of working groups, in which members discuss and analyse issues such as housing, housing rights, employment, health and social protection, data collection (statistics and indicators) and participation.

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About Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976.

Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.

To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit



RITIMO is a network of information and documentation for solidarity and sustainable development
For 25 years, the network includes Ritimo in France places and organizations (documentation centers, resource sites, media and documentary projects online ) collectively engaged in a civic engagement project for international solidarity.

Our primary mode of action is the collection, selection and dissemination of critical information, plural and diverse, favoring the expression of citizens, associations and social movements from all continents.

The Ritimo network acts within the anti-globalization current, with group at French level, relaying local and national action campaigns and opinion, and developing joint projects with civil society and media internationally. | +info


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The European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City is a convergence process between movements from different cities in several european countries fighting for the respect of these fundamental rights. After having campaigned independently for years, those movements (groups and, social movements composed by tenants, slum/ self-built neighborhoods dwellers, squat residents, victims of inadequate housing, victims of eviction or affected by indebtedness, professionals and researchers) felt the need to gather in order to strengthen this fight to take common action and  common positions on European Housing issues.
European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City wants to adopt common positions on European housing policies and to create solidarity bonds between all those movements, which will enable them to strengthen their own struggles. The Coalition is a fundamental convergence of movements in an European space increasingly at the service of finance and deregulatory policies which affect the fundamental rights, and drive its populations to poverty and precariousness in all dimensions of their lives.


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Founded under the name Urbanistes sans Frontières- International (USFI) in May 2005 in Geneva, urbaMonde is a Swiss NGO commited to support cities by and for their inhabitants.

UrbaMonde has the following goals :

  • Provide vulnerable populations with participative planification services in order to develop their local projects.
  • Provide local authorities with the tools that are necessary for integrating the urban dwellers in a sustainable vision of territory and planning.
  • Connect civil society projects in a common network in order to develop an advocacy for a participative approach to urban and regional planning.

To achieve its goals, urbaMonde develops a transversal and interdisciplinary approach. In particular, they support social production of habitat.