During the years 2002-2007 an annual international course with the theme Organized Self-help Housing – Planning and Management was organized in Costa Rica for about 25 international participants per year. It was organized in collaboration with FUPROVI (Fundación Promotora de Vivienda). The course was carried out in English and covered how the decision maker, planner, architect, engineer, lawyer or economist can work to plan and implement organized self-help housing. The course included aspects both of new housing development and upgrading of spontaneous settlements for low-income householders. The emphasis was on planning, management and capacity building.
The course was intense, advanced and covered a period of three and a half weeks. Teaching was mainly lectures and seminars sandwiched with field visits and individual work.