The AFWC’s annual meeting this year will consist of presentations and discussions from a varied spectrum of housing experts and professionals from five European cities. Together with representatives from the cities of Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Vienna, and of course Amsterdam. We will summarise and discuss overarching lessons for social housing from the various cities. Egbert de Vries, director of AFWC, will be the moderator.

The presentations are about the general situation and organization of social housing in every city,  the main trends/developments and the ‘hot’ problems/topics in every city related to the general themes of the ISHF.

After the presentations we will discuss the main topics with housing scientists, experts/CEO’s, Alderman Laurens Ivens and other politicians. The audience can give live feedback, respond through smartphone or tablet to speaker’s points in real-time, post opinions, ask questions and get involved directly with the subject matter.

Also, international students working on research under the wing of the AFWC will present their findings.

Laurens Ivens, Alderman of Amsterdam, will do the closing of the event.

More information can be found on AFWC’s website; click here.


11:00 – 12:30 hrs      welcome and lunch

12:30 – 13:00 hrs      introduction by Egbert de Vries (director of AFWC) and Sorcha Edwards (secretary general at Housing Europe)

13:00 – 15:00 hrs      presentations about the status of social housing in five European cities. (5x 20 minutes)

15:00 – 15:30 hrs     break

15:30 – 17:00 hrs    reflection, dialogue and discussion with the representatives of the five cities, policy advisers, directors, scientists and politicians.

17:00 – 18:30 hrs     drinks


 Egbert de Vries, director AFWC

 Jeroen van der Veer, senior policy advisor AFWC

 Ingo Malter, Chief Executive Officer of Stadt und Land Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH, Berlin

Bertrand Bret, head international office/adviser to chairman Paris Habitat

Eva Bauer, housing economist at the Austrian Federation of Limited Profit Housing Associations, Vienna

Annesophie Hansen, Danmarks Almene Boliger, Copenhagen



The Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations (AFWC) was founded in 1917 and represents the interests of 9 affiliated housing associations in Amsterdam.

AFWC aims to contribute to decent and affordable living in Amsterdam. People on low incomes are their focus. Together with municipal and community partners, they also work towards a better quality of life in neighborhoods and on provisions for housing and care.


Date and time: June 19th 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 17:00 p.m

Location: WesterUnie, Klönneplein 4-6, Amsterdam

Fees & entry: Application and approval / invitation necessary, no entrance fee

Contact: Berthilde Lammertink (lammertink@afwc.nl)