This article presents the activities that took place during the CLAVES 2023 over the three days of its meetings. In chronological order, we share testimonies, presentations, case studies, and photos of the conference’s participants and activities.
The context brought to the foreground during the conference is a housing crisis that affects over 120 million who live in “unfair housing” in Latin America and the Caribbean. According to the IADB, as of 2022, 45% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean do not have a decent place to live and instead reside in unsuitable housing built with precarious materials or without basic amenities; This is the importance of CLAVES and the work of WWB: to share approaches to the qualitative housing deficit in different international contexts. Due to the qualitative housing deficit, WWB places particular emphasis on repairing and improving existing housing structures rather than building new ones, when possible. This approach is more economically feasible and efficient considering the issue at hand is one of quality and not quantity, and does not require the family to move. The best solution to this deficit is the prompt, large-scale implementation of a Latin American Weatherization Program, `Sustentabilizar Hogares`.