Triangular cooperation between Mexico, Colombia and Germany: fostering sustainable urban development and housing construction through technical advice and knowledge transfer (INFONAVIT)

Project description

Title: Regional Fund for the Promotion of Triangular Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean – Individual measure: Fostering sustainable urban development and housing construction through technical advice and knowledge transfer (INFONAVIT)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Countries: Colombia (recipient country), Mexico (partner country)
Overall term: 2013 to 2016


Within the framework of bilateral cooperation between Mexico and Germany, the National Workers’ Housing Fund Institute (INFONAVIT) initiated a lively exchange on sustainable housing construction and energy efficiency that has met with considerable interest at international level.

Mexico and Germany have worked with INFONAVIT to upgrade the green housing mortgage scheme (Hipoteca Verde) and to develop a housing evaluation and registration instrument (Sisevive-Ecocasa). In cooperation with the National Housing Commission (CONAVI), the project has succeeded in driving forward development of a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) in the housing sector.

In mid-2011, energy ministry representatives from various Latin America countries visited INFONAVIT to find out more about Mexico’s energy policy. Colombia, Mexico and Germany then went on to develop an idea for triangular cooperation.


Drawing on Mexico’s experience, Colombia promotes sustainable, energy-efficient housing construction. In return, Mexico benefits from Colombia’s experience in sustainable urban development and spatial planning.


Up to the end of 2014, Colombia will focus on developing mechanisms to promote sustainable housing construction based on Mexico’s green housing mortgage scheme (Hipoteca Verde). Furthermore, Colombia will receive assistance in setting up a national housing register. Activities will again be based on Mexican experience, this time the green housing evaluation system ‘Sisevive-Ecocasa’, but also on the environmental certification label issued by the Colombian National Savings Fund (FNA).

In exchange, Colombia will advise Mexico on sustainable urban development and spatial planning. Alongside consultancy, appropriate pilot measures will also be implemented in both countries.

Drawing on its long-standing cooperation with the two countries, Germany is providing technical advice. This project is a particularly good example of the principle that underlies triangular cooperation, namely reciprocal learning in different sectors.

From 2015, Mexico and Colombia are also planning to engage in exchange with other countries in the region.