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Habitat for Humanity International in South Africa

by Nicolas P. Retsinas, Arthur I Segel and Nelson Hioe


In March 2006, Larry English, Director of Program Design and Innovation for Habitat for Humanity International Africa and the Middle East, was reflecting on a large development project in Durbin that had stalled. Notwithstanding global attention led by former President Jimmy Carter, the local capacity to carry out the project was limited. English wondered whether partnerships with private, for-profit real estate companies were plausible, and whether they could be carried out without undermining the mission of Habitat to focus on the very poor.

Keywords: Partners and Partnerships; Investment; Innovation Strategy; Emerging Markets; Social Entrepreneurship; Poverty; Property; Projects; South Africa; Middle East;


Retsinas, Nicolas P., Arthur I Segel, and Nelson Hioe. "Habitat for Humanity International in South Africa." Harvard Business School Case 207-016, November 2006. (Revised January 2007.)