HIC Regional Event in Africa / HIC General Assembly in Africa / Planning Event of the Global Platform for the Right to the City in Africa


Meetings date
proposals: around World Habitat Day 2017 (2 October 2017)

Dear HIC Members in the Africa

We hope this letter finds you all

For several
years, we have been discussing together the importance of strengthening HIC in
your region, as well as strengthening ties between Members of Africa and with
Members from other regions. The Coalition has benefited valuable supports in
the region, including very interesting initiatives which counted with the
active participation of many of you at the regional and international level[i]. We believe that we must now
jointly build a common work plan
together with the leadership of HIC
Members in Africa. In this sense we would like to propose the following events:

A. Pan-African Regional Event on Habitat Rights

General Secretariat (HIC GS) and the Housing and Land
Rights Network (HIC HLRN) are working together to
establish a Human Rights Habitat
to monitor the implementation of the global agendas[ii]. Assessing the situation of such
rights in the African region with HIC
Members will be one of the
Observatory’s priority objectives. In addition, this will represent a great
opportunity to know more about the work of your organizations and will foster
networking opportunities in the coming years.

B. HIC General Assembly 2017

Assembly will enable us to strengthen ties, share experiences at the regional
level and also learn from the global experiences of HIC and its members. The
Assembly is an open event for all Members, Friends and Allies, but this
Assembly will undoubtedly have
a special focus on your region.

C. Planning event of the Global Platform for the Right to the City

This event will count with the
participation of other international networks and African organizations and
will serve to plan the Platform’s work for the coming years.

We believe
that this sum of initiatives might lead to productive events and will serve to
revitalize the work of the Coalition in the region. We will extend this
invitation to HIC Members from other regions and to HIC Allies. Other
initiatives such as the Global Platform for the Right to the
(cited above)
or the
Social Production of Habitat
will also be
invited to share their global work and learn from the experiences of African Members.

We propose that these regional
events take place around World Habitat Day 2017 (Monday, 2 October 2017). We
must all discuss the best place to ensure greater representation of HIC Members
and Allies and facilitate the Logistics.

We need your help to better plan
this event, for this purpose, we kindly request you to answer the following

This is a first step in a long
process that we hope will culminate in useful events for all and will give rise
to other initiatives in the region. We look forward to your active
participation and support, and we kindly request you to send us an email
answering the three questions to
gs@hic-net.org before May 5, 2017.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Kind regards,

Álvaro Puertas

HIC Secretary General