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International Study Visit, Poland: 6th - 11th June 2010
An international study visit took place from 6th - 11th June 2010 to the 'Building Partnerships to Eradicate Poverty' project of the Barka Foundation for Mutual Help, Poland.

About the project

The Barka organisation was established in 1990 to help the many destitute and homeless people in Poland meet their housing and employment needs after the collapse of the communist system. Using its philosophy of encouraging mutual self-help, it now provides homes for 750 persons in a variety of community homes, hostels, private flats and one-family houses and through its various housing, education and vocational training programmes has assisted over 50,000 people in the last ten years... more

The intensive five-day visit included presentations and discussions on the various aspects of Barka’s approach. Field visits to social integration centres, housing projects and social enterprises and cooperatives in Poznan and the Chudobczyce ecofarm provided participants with the opportunity to interact with residents, Barka leaders and a range of other partners. Participants brought and exchanged diverse experience with each other and with their hosts.

A detailed account of the work of Barka and the study visit will soon be available on a CD-ROM which will also include videos, technical documents and image galleries.

To receive a copy of the CD, please contact the Foundation at

International Study Visit

International study visits are carried out each year to the two previous World Habitat Award-winning projects in order to encourage the dissemination of innovative housing practice around the world and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience. The purpose of the visits is to provide an in-depth understanding of the practical techniques, training methods and project management approaches used in each award-winning programme. Intensive site visits form a major part of the study visit, providing an opportunity to study all aspects of the programme and to meet those responsible for its success. As a result of these visits, many of the approaches used in these programmes are now being adapted and used in different part of the world.

Details of the World Habitat Award competition, including how to make a submission, can be found at For details of our previous winners and finalists, please click here.

Please note that this study visit has already taken place and that this page has been kept for information only. Thank you.

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