November Photos Plus
Cambodia Visit Exchange with Thailand

H.E IM CHHUN LIM  Cambodia’s Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction.with his senior staff visited Thailand in November, 2014
ACHR arranged and supported the team to share with the Government Housing Bank (top left). the Minister for Social Development and Security (top right), The Deputy Prime Minister  (mid left), the Head of the NHA bottom right) and CODI (bottom left).
CODI and ACHR will soon sign an MOU with the Ministry for future cooperation and training in community land management.

The team had a field visit to Bang Bua community


Bang Bua Community : one side of the canal we see the community upgrading process completed; the other side yet  to start ……
You can DOWNLOAD  a 48 page Bang Bua Upgrading Guide Book from HERE in our  Library - Publications

Watch the story of the Decent Poor activity in Indonesia in the 5 minute video from Arkom Jogjakarta.
Watch from  Vimeo

Learn more about our activities for the poorest of the poor
in Asia and the SELAVIP - ACHR partnership HERE


Busy in Nepal in November with Lumanti


Message from Nad in Camila community:
“The new move of Community architects and the team of Bangladesh : -)
We are trying…    During the day we work with community (participatory planning), at night we work with our body and mind through yoga and meditation.”
The meditation practice is becoming widely accepted throughout the  Community Architects Network in Asia and their supported communities.


Visit the Tibet Heritage Fund Facebook Page for some inspiring photos of traditional craftmanship and building going at full pace in November before winter sets in and necessitates the long  break.

Below:    some of the THF Team in Northern India


New in the LIBRARY - Urban Poor Strategies page 3 
IIED working paper with reflections on SAVINGS from members of Shack / Slum Dwellers International -SDI Available for download from IIED website UK.
This paper describes the community savings groups that are the foundation of many federations of slum/ shack dwellers/homeless people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It reports on discussions with federation members in Kenya, Namibia, Malawi, the Philippines, Uganda and Zimbabwe on how savings groups are set up (mostly by women living in informal settlements) and managed; how these groups support their members working together to address difficult issues; and how the savings groups help change relations for the better with local and often national governments as they demonstrate their capabilities. The challenges that savings groups face and how these are addressed are also discussed. 
55 pages 1.5 mgbs


Not Drowning..... Waving ..... !
Not Screaming .... Just Saying .... !

Comparing how the big agencies set their POVERTY LINES and PER-DIEMS : 

Development organisations like the World Bank and the UN have finely-calibrated systems for setting the per- diems their staff-members are paid when they travel abroad on “missions.” These per-diems are adjusted constantly and vary from city to city and country to country, according to fluctuating local costs and degrees of risk. This sharp eye for local economic realities gets blurred, though, when it comes to the poor, for whom one rate is considered sufficient for all, year after year, regardless of how the costs of living in different places may change or vary. To give you an idea how big the gap is between what these agencies think is sufficient for their own staff and poverty lines for the poor, here is a chart with their official 2014 travel per-diem rates and poverty lines.

An extract from ACHR’s new Newsletter “Poverty Lines” available for download in the Library … Newsletters HERE