Who we are

The Global Network for Sustainable Housing (GNSH) is an international partnership linking practitioners, academics and organizations that are leading the policy development, research and design for environmentally, economically, socially and culturally sustainable housing. Through the partnership, GNSH members share experience and expertise, and develop strategies that promote affordable and sustainable housing practices in developing and transitional countries and cities.

Established through the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), GNSH is now a partnership that includes several international organizations that are promoting adequate housing solutions in the context of slum upgrading, reconstruction, large-scale affordable and social housing, and sustainable urban development.

GNSH encourages this work through the use of local and traditional building materials and vernacular architecture, integrated neighborhood design and urban planning, and supporting social processes towards the realization of the right to adequate housing. GNSH is also an ever-expanding group that welcomes new partners with similar values and objectives.

What we do

GNSH recognizes that housing is a key factor in human development. Therefore, the partnership promotes projects that demonstrate the capacity to enhance sustainable urban development and economic growth, increase employment opportunities, improve quality of lifeand contribute to poverty alleviation. Concurrently, GNSH also encourages the use of environmentally sustainable housing practices and construction technologies. GNSH pursues this agenda through the support of both academic research and projects undertaken in the field, and provides a forum for partners to discuss ideas, share their findings, and collaborate on projects.