The Inter-American Housing Union (UNIAPRAVI) is a Non-Governmental International Organization recognized as Consultative Organization of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). UNIAPRAVI was founded in Caracas in 1964, and is primarily aimed at contributing to the strengthening of such institutions by providing them with technical advisory, training, research and information services dealing with housing and urban development policies and finance.
At the moment, UNIAPRAVI counts on more 100 member institutions between savings and loan associations, mortgage banks, housing banks, universal banks with mortgage portfolios, housing funds, ministries of housing, building firms, etc. involved in the financing, promotion and regulation of the housing and urban development sector in 22 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, England, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela.
UNIAPRAVI has played a relevant role in disseminating knowledge and information with sharing experiences about to the analysis and discussion of how to improve access to affordable housing for lower-income groups, the provision and financing of urban infrastructure and services, water supply and sewerage, electric power supply, waste disposal and access to land, that are all important factors to improve the quality of life in Latin American countries.