Alexandra Wilson Interview
- Alexandra Wilson on Women in Cooperatives
International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) board member, Alexandra Wilson, talks about how the role of women in cooperatives has changed over the years and why she decided to join the board of the ICA and what she hopes to accomplish during her four-year term.
- Alexandra Wilson on Gender Equality
Alexandra Wilson, who serves as a board member for the Co-operators and for the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) talks about gender equality policies and the practice of setting quotas to achieve gender parity on boards and in senior management positions.
- Alexandra Wilson on UN SDGs
The International Cooperative Alliance is committed to the UN Sustainability Development Goals and Alexandra Wilson, one of its board members, is a fervent advocate of sustainability. Alexandra, who is the CEO of the Agency for Co-operative Housing in Canada, believes that housing co-operatives can easily implement the SDGs one step at a time.
Board Meeting Presentations
- Cooperative Housing in Estonia
This was a Facebook Live Event of CHI’s board meeting in Tallinn, Estonia June 6th, 2018. Mr. Andres Jaadla, President, Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKUL) gave a presentation on Estonian housing cooperatives. EKUL is an independent housing organisation that brings together 1400 co-op housing associations all over Estonia. It is the largest housing organisation in Estonia.
- Cooperative Housing in Ukraine
This was a Facebook Live Event of CHI’s board meeting in Tallinn Estonia, June 6th, 2018. Knut Höller, Executive Member of the Managing Board for the Institute for Housing in Eastern Europe (IWO) presented information on an upcoming Symposium in Kiev concerning the Ukrainian Housing Market and adopting the cooperative housing as a model to help solve the challenges of implementing complex energy efficient refurbishments in typical multi-family apartment buildings in Ukraine. IWO is an NGO founded in 2001 to help develop market-oriented structures in the housing sector and the building industry in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, to foster sustainable urban development in the project regions and improve living and housing conditions in the project regions.
- Cooperative Housing in Argentina/Cooperativa de Vivienda en Argentina
This was a Facebook Live taken in October of 2018 of CHI’s board meeting. Ricardo Buquete, President of Falucho Housing Cooperatives, explained Fonavi, a national fund for building housing, especially social housing. The fund comes from a fuel tax of 10 cents per litre and a portion goes to each province. If used correctly it would be 60,000 new units per year in Buenos Aires, but in reality, it is only 20,000 per year. It is used for covering current costs and thanks to lobbying pressures the funds are now being used as intended. The aim is to house people from the lower and middle classes who can’t access housing due to circumstances. Emergency housing is a state responsibility. Due to the lack of land, they have partnered with owners of suitable land, who are interested due to a longer 15-year lending period. With Fonavi, the amortization is over 15 years (180 to 240 installments with a 1% interest rate), which gives access to home ownership over a 15-year period. Otherwise, people have no access to home ownership and it comes at a lower price than renting.
Este fue un Facebook Live tomado en octubre de 2018 de la reunión de la junta directiva de CHI. Ricardo Buquete, presidente de Falucho Housing Cooperatives, explicó Fonavi, un fondo nacional para la construcción de viviendas, especialmente viviendas sociales. El fondo proviene de un impuesto al combustible de 10 centavos por litro y una parte va a cada provincia. Si se usa correctamente, serían 60,000 unidades nuevas por año en Buenos Aires, pero en realidad, son solo 20,000 unidades por año. Se utiliza para cubrir los costos actuales y, gracias a las presiones de cabildeo, los fondos ahora se están utilizando según lo previsto. El objetivo es alojar a personas de las clases medias y bajas que no pueden acceder a la vivienda debido a las circunstancias. La vivienda de emergencia es una responsabilidad del estado. Debido a la falta de tierras, se han asociado con propietarios de tierras adecuadas, que están interesados debido a un período de préstamo más largo de 15 años. Con Fonavi, la amortización es de más de 15 años (180 a 240 cuotas con una tasa de interés del 1%), lo que le da acceso a la propiedad de la vivienda durante un período de 15 años. De lo contrario, las personas no tienen acceso a la propiedad de la vivienda y tienen un precio más bajo que el alquiler.
All of these videos contain updates about their country’s cooperatives, what they plan to improve for the future, Q&A, etc.
CHI Board Meetings
- Lyon, France 2019 playlist
The link above features a playlist of all 7 videos of CHI’s Board Meeting in Lyon, France filmed in June 2019. The videos include topics such as an introduction, a conference discussion, a discussion about what’s happening in the “cooperative world”, communications, coop tours, reports, finances, and much more!
- How to Start a Housing Cooperative (Webinar 1)
- Incorporating a Housing Cooperative (Webinar 2)
- Cooperative Housing Development – Thinking Outside the Box ( Webinar 3)
Cooperative Housing Development – Thinking Outside the Box! Different groups around the world are using innovative financing tools to raise capital for their cooperative housing initiatives. However, they didn’t come by these ideas alone. By forming regional networks, collaborating, and networking they were able to pool their thoughts together to come up with innovative ideas, allowing them to move forward. This webinar is a conversation with cooperators and project managers developing cooperative and community-led housing in Europe and beyond. They will share their experiences and knowledge related to innovative financing models, the benefits of creating a regional network, and the challenges of developing a housing cooperative based on collective ownership in Central and Eastern Europe.
- Cooperative Housing International’s 2020 Member Forum
- Hans Rupp, CEO of ABZ, Zurich, Switzerland, Oct 2019 – Kigali, Rwanda
Hans Rupp, CEO of ABZ, Zurich, Switzerland talks about the importance of sharing experiences of housing cooperatives internationally. He was speaking at the ICA Congress in Kigali, Rwanda.
- CHI’s COVID-19 Update – Sweden, UK, and Germany
CHI members from Sweden, UK & Germany tell us how their organizations are handling the COVID-19 situation.