Shaping Investment Pathways to Deliver Affordable Housing

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The #Housing2030 initiative partners – Housing Europe, UNECE and UN-Habitat – are proud to present the fourth and final in a series of thematic conferences: “Shaping investment pathways to deliver affordable housing”. This event is presented in partnership with The Housing Agency.

The conference will offer informed discussion on the challenges that we face in providing sufficient investment and funding for the development of affordable housing options. We will also address some of the challenges that globalised finance can pose with regard to meeting the objectives of access to affordable, quality homes for all.


All time slots are Irish Standard Time (IST) / Central European Summer Time -1 (CEST-1)

09:00-09:05; Welcome

John O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, The Housing Agency

09:05-09:15; Opening address

Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Ireland

​​09:15-09:30; #Housing2030 Partners Contribution on Financing for Affordable Housing

Doris Andoni, Chair of the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management
Bent Madsen, President of Housing Europe
Christophe Lalande, Housing Lead Specialist – Land, Housing and Shelter Section, UN-Habitat

09:30-09:50; Keynote Address

Josh Ryan-Collins, Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

09:50-10:10; The ‘affordable housing finance’ toolkit

Michelle Norris, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at University College Dublin

10:10-10:50; Q&A Session

The speakers on this panel have recorded three podcasts under the title ‘Shaping investment pathways to deliver affordable housing’. Attendees are encouraged to listen to these interventions in advance of the webinar, as this session will be a Q&A only. The podcasts at the link provided to the right.

David Orr, #Housing2030 Co-Chair, Moderator

Michelle Norris, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at University College Dublin
Manuel Aalbers, KU Leuven School of Geography & Tourism
Grzegorz Gajda, European Investment Bank

10:50-11:00; Virtual coffee break

11:00-11:40; “How can we use finance and related regulations and institutions to improve affordable housing outcomes?”

Representatives of national and local governments, social and affordable housing providers and policy experts will share their experiences with innovative policies which have succeeded in generating funding for the delivery of affordable housing options.

Elena Szolgayova, #Housing2030 Co-Chair, Moderator

Barry O’Leary, Housing Finance Agency of Ireland
Emmanuelle Cosse, l’Union sociale pour l’habitat (USH)
Solveig Råberg Tingey, The Danish Federation of Non-Profit Housing Providers (BL)
​Javier Burón Cuadrado, Housing Division – Barcelona City Council
Jarosław Pucek, National Property Agency of Poland (KZN)

11:40-11:45; Summary of the day’s discussions
Elena Szolgayova, #Housing2030 Co-Chair
David Orr, #Housing2030 Co-Chair

11:45; Adjourn

Delivered by:

Housing Agency

53 Mount Street Upper,
Dublin 2,

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Other Notes / Information

Please note that this event is accompanied by a podcast series - 'Making a house a home'. Please go to and listen to the thoughts on improving investment pathways from our three main panelists: Michelle Norris (University College Dublin), Manuel Aalbers (KU Leuven) and Grzegorz Gajda (European Investment Bank).

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