Charmae Pyl Nercua
Specialist in Land and Housing Resilience
Charmae Pyl Wissink-Nercua is part of the Urban Socio-Spatial Development Team. Her expertise lies in land and housing resilience, with more than 15 years of professional experience in the field. Charmae obtained her MSc in Urban Management and Development, specializing in Housing and Land Development strategies at IHS in 2009. Charmae is currently working on community resilience, nature-based solutions, sustainable urban development, housing and land rights and participatory community development.
Before joining IHS in 2013, she worked for local government organizations (Cebu City Government, Philippines), non-government organizations (FORGE, Inc, Cebu City, Philippines) and Kaabag sa Sugbo (Cebu City, Philippines), national governments (National Anti-Poverty Commission, Philippines and National Housing Directorate in East Timor) focusing on housing & land issues, participatory governance, participatory community development and urban poverty reduction programs.
In the Philippines, she was very passionate about advocating for land and housing rights of the urban poor and the vulnerable sectors in society. In her stint as the urban poor and social housing consultant of Cebu City, Philippines, she was involved in the development and implementation of community-based land and housing programs such as the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) and in implementing participatory and multi-sectoral processes on issues of land tenure security, evictions and resettlement, and the urban poor’s access to basic services like water, health and sanitation services. At Dili, Timor Leste (East Timor), she provided full guidance and advice to the Ministry of Infrastructure- DNHEPU towards the formulation, policy lobbying and implementation of the National Housing Policy and the National Housing Program.
At IHS, she coordinates the Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) course and teaches at Land Management: Law, Finance, Real Estate and Natural Resources Master track. She is actively involved in IHS’s project acquisitions and implementation, including international tailormade training/courses and Refresher Courses. She has work experience in the Philippines, East Timor, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Colombia