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IAI : International Alliance of Inhabitants


The International Alliance of Inhabitants is a global network of associations and social movements of inhabitants, cooperatives, communities, tenants, house owners, homeless, slum dwellers, indigenous populations and people from working class neighbourhoods.
The objective is the construction of another possible world starting from the achievement of the housing and city rights.

On September 12th 2003, representatives of urban social associations and movements from various sides of the world met in Madrid to discuss on how jointly stand against the perverse effects of exclusion, poverty, environmental degradation, exploitation, violence, and problems related to transportation, housing and urban governance produced by the neo-liberal globalisation.

Hence, the establishment of the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) was decided, based on the Charter of the Founding Principles which states the importance to strengthen the voice of the voiceless, from the local to the global level, as a strategic tool to build and boost the solidarity links needed to protect the inhabitants’ right to be builders and users of cities.


1. Encourage inhabitants’ associations and movements, which internationally have “no-voice”, so that they may know one another, struggle and seize it.

2. Coordinate and give visibility, strength and solidarity to national and international inhabitants’ activities and to their associations.

3. Elaborate proposals of social change, which may imply substantial modifications of the housing and city situation in order to transform and make it sustainable.

4. Fight for the acknowledgement, application and protection of the right to housing, to the city and to a proper habitat in the whole.

5. Fight for the boundless materialization of the economic, social, political and cultural rights of the inhabitants.

6. Contribute to the search of development models being alternative to neo-liberalism and to its negative consequences for the world countries, on the grounds of a new leading role of the public sector in relation to the civil society.


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