Developing Social Housing Projects

Developing Social Housing Projects

IHS secures 25% tuition waiver

Apply for the Developing Social Housing Projects course by 26 October!

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Due to the global health crisis and the related prevailing international travel restrictions and border measures, the Developing Social Housing Projects short course will be implemented as a hybrid version. The course will therefore take place partly online and partly face-to-face.

The adapted and new version of DSHP consists of 3 Parts. Part I and Part II will take place online and Part III will take place face-to-face in Rotterdam. Please see in the table below the important figures and dates for the respective parts of the DSHP course.

General information

Tuition fee

€ 2,750*



Deadline for OKP/MSP applicants (to apply for the course)February 2020

IHS application deadline

EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA: 26 October 2020

Admissions information

Requirements and application procedure

OKP information

Procedure and deadlines

Abbreviation code

DSHP 2020

Course information

Course coordinator

Alonso Ayala, David Schelkshorn

* Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.

Course components

 Part I 2020Part II 2021Part III 2021
Duration10 days11 days7 days
Dates16-27 November 20205-19 April 20219-17 August 2021
Workload16 hours24 hours56 hours (full-time)
Live session16, 19, 24, 27 November 20205,8,13,16,19 April 2021everyday
FormatLectures, assignments and discussionsAssignments, flipped classroom and discussionsLectures, discussion, assignment and excursions

What will I learn?

Developing social housing projects that are successful for all stakeholders is a challenging endeavor. Often one can find projects which have an excellent design but are not affordable or which are affordable but not responsive to resident’s needs. In this course, we take a holistic view of social housing projects. By introducing the different elements required for developing a social housing project you will learn how to achieve more sustainable projects that fulfil the needs of all stakeholders.

One of the characteristics of developing countries is fast-growing cities and the lack of affordable and adequate housing. Social housing policies try to address the housing problem but far too often their implementation does not reach people in real need. Both better policies and their adequate translation into programmes and projects are necessary to improve the overall living conditions of people in cities.

The development phase, where social housing policies translate into action, is crucial in ensuring that social housing reaches targeted households and social goals. By the end of the course, you will be able to successfully develop a social housing programme or project proposal which fulfils social housing goals. The proposal will include elements of design and housing plans, financial instruments, management structures, social programmes and the institutional set-up. You will also be able to include environmentally sustainable building and construction elements in your proposal.

How will I learn?

The course is developed by the Urban Housing team of IHS. Besides experts of IHS, guest lecturers of the Department of Management in the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology are involved in the curriculum.

However, particular emphasis is placed on peer learning between participants but also with professionals in the Dutch social housing sector. The knowledge and experience of social housing in the Netherlands is used throughout the course to introduce complex aspects and actors of social housing projects. You will focus on the application of lessons learned into practice as we will guide you in formulating your own plan or programme for the development of social housing in your own country.

Part I and Part II

Part I and Part II will take place remotely. The online parts consist of pre-recorded lectures, online discussions boards, online live activities including interactive lectures and discussions, and individual self-study components and assignments. The first two parts of the course programme prepare participants to draft their individual assignment which will be further developed during Part III.

Part III

Part III builds up on the lessons learned from Part I and Part II. It takes place face-to-face in Rotterdam and uses a variation of training methods such as lectures, case studies, expert seminars, field visits and group exercises. Besides you will work on and improve your individual social housing project and/or programme proposal that constitutes your individual final assignment.

Do I have the right profile for this course?

If you are a housing professional who wants to understand better the complexity of housing and the different elements that complement each other in affordable housing projects, this course is right for you. In the past we have trained architects, planners, developers, bankers, engineers, programme managers, social workers, and policymakers all contributing their professional expertise to the course, representing NGOs, the private sector, all spheres of government, international organisations and academia.

Please check our admission requirements to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the course. 

How to apply

Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? Find out more about the application procedure and admission requirements or apply here.


If you are still searching for a sponsor, have a look at our section on available funding opportunities.

If your question is related to the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), please refer to this webpage before inquiring further.

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