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The Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO) is an NGO bringing together private and public partners who aim at a market-oriented and ecological development of the housing and construction economy in Eastern Europe. Involving relevant stakeholders and experts from various related fields, IWO pursues an integrated approach. Coordinating their comprehensive experiences and solutions regarding business management, technology, energy and financing, IWO aims at sustainable know-how transfer and exchange. Joint activities of IWO, its members and partners shall contribute to the development and implementation of projects and programmes within the housing and building economy in Eastern European countries.

Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe's major targets are:

  • Initiating and participating in the development and implementation of replicable model and pilot projects in housing, building and sustainable urban development in Eastern Europe
  • Participating in the conception and preparation of housing projects and programmes on the basis of pilot projects, targeting a broad and sustainable development of the housing economy in Eastern Europe, especially with regard to energy savings and reducing carbon emissions
  • Assisting institution building and legislation processes aiming at market-oriented structures
  • Advanced training and education programmes within the housing and building sector.

Founded in 2001, IWO closely cooperates with all interested public and private partners in Eastern Europe, forming a network on “housing and building economy Eastern Europe”.

IWO's Berlin office fosters contacts with national organisations and institutions, e.g. Federal Ministries, financing organisations of the Federal Government (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau KfW, Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft DEG, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ) and organisations focussing on Eastern Europe, e.g. Ost-Ausschuss - Osteuropaverein der deutschen Wirtschaft OAOEV. Within OAOEV, IWO heads the expert group on urban infrastructure jointly with the German Energy Agency (dena).

IWO is active at a broader international level, too, offering expertise and knowhow also of its supporters to international institutions and financing organisations, e.g. in transnational working groups and committees, to the European Union, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as well as the World Bank.


IWO is registered with the registry office Amtsgericht Charlottenburg von Berlin, Registry No.: VR 21386


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Background article and recommendations on improving housing management in the Eastern European and Central Asian regions © IWO 2017

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